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Lewis Hamilton

Reports: Ferrari to make huge offer for Hamilton 2024 drive

Ferrari are reportedly preparing an offer, with Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes contract due to expire at the end of the season.

Ferrari are reportedly readying a £40 million offer to bring the seven-time Formula 1 World Champion to the Italian team.

With Lewis Hamilton in the final year of his Mercedes contract, rumours about his future in the sport have been rife.

Throughout the season, the Briton has insisted that his future remains with the Mercedes team, and has so far not entertained any ideas of a move away from Brackley.

Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has also suggested that any contract extension for Hamilton would be a matter of finalising some 'number changes'.

However, according to Mail Sport, Ferrari president John Elkann is in "close contact" with Hamilton, and prepared to table a huge offer to bring him to Maranello.

Leclerc or Sainz?

The report also claims that two scenarios are being considered by Ferrari, regarding whether to replace Charles Leclerc or Carlos Sainz. The contracts of both drivers run beyond this season.

Ferrari could consider facilitating a move for Sainz to join another team to enable a Leclerc-Hamilton pairing, or allow Leclerc to leave in a potential swap deal with Mercedes.

Any decision Hamilton makes will likely be affected by the success or failure of Mercedes' upgrades this season.

With the Brackley team falling further away from the dominant Red Bulls in 2023, the W14 will be heavily updated over the course of the season in a bid to reverse the team's decline.

Ferrari are similarly hoping to reduce the gap to Red Bull over the remainder of the season, and provide a glimmer of hope for a bid for the 2024 championships.

Hamilton will be aiming to position himself in the best car possible for an attempt at securing a record-breaking eighth Drivers' Championship title.

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