Lewis Hamilton savaged as Ferrari bosses told the ‘only thing’ Mercedes star is good for | F1 | Sport

Former F1 team founder Gian Carlo Minardi has torn into ahead of his switch to in 2025. The star is set to replace , whose sparkling recent form has directed criticism towards the Scuderia regarding their decision to ditch him.

Hamilton will be 40 years old by the time he first turns a wheel in anger for Ferrari. But with seven world titles under his belt – a total only the legendary Michael Schumacher can match – the Brit will bring significant pedigree to the Italian manufacturer.

Even so, Minardi is not convinced by the merits of the move, which has left Sainz scrambling to find a new seat for the 2025 season. And the 76-year-old believes Hamilton’s main benefit to Ferrari will not be his driving ability, but rather his capacity to bring talented Mercedes engineers with him.

“All my life I preferred to hire younger drivers,” Minardi told Corriere dello Sport. “The only thing Hamilton can do is bring in some valuable technicians.”

The Italian’s tirade against Hamilton continued by insisting that he is not among the six drivers capable of winning the Drivers’ Championship if they are given the right machinery.

Minardi continued: “It is not fair that Sainz is not recognised as having the same natural talent as [Charles] Leclerc, because he has innate talents. He has nothing to envy the best and is among the six drivers who can aspire to the World Championship with the right car, namely [Max] Verstappen, Leclerc, Sainz, [Lando] Norris, [Oscar] Piastri and [George] Russell.”

Since the start of 2023, Ferrari star Sainz is the only driver other than the Red Bull pair of Verstappen and Sergio Perez to have won a Grand Prix – most recently doing so in Australia last time out.

Hamilton has more race victories (103) than any other driver in F1 history. However, having won a Grand Prix in every single season of his career up until 2022, the veteran has now gone more than two years without taking the chequered flag first.

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