Lewis Hamilton urged to make spectacular ‘swap deal’ amid Mercedes struggles
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As Mercedes continue to struggle in the new Formula 1 season, Lewis Hamilton has been urged to make a sensational move away.
The 2022 season was one to forget for the Silver Arrows as they were left behind by the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari.
Ahead of the 2023 season, there was renewed optimism that Mercedes would be able to close the gap. However, the first two races of the season so far have proved otherwise as they continue to struggle.
Having finished fifth in both Bahrain and Saudi Arabia, Hamilton has been urged by Eddie Jordan to move away.
Speaking to OLBG, Jordan said: “Formula 1 needs Lewis Hamilton in a Ferrari and Ferrari needs Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton should look to go to another Championship-winning team, but the drama is who is going to move aside?
“At the moment, there's no contract signed and [Mercedes team principal] Toto Wolff said if he was Hamilton he would consider leaving. What would I be thinking if I was Hamilton, am I really loved here?
“I don't know Wolff's point of view on the situation but I believe when he says he wants Hamilton to stay. But the Mercedes is not good enough for Hamilton.”
Jordan then suggested a stunning swap deal between Hamilton and Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc.
He continued: “Charles Leclerc is very much a Mercedes type of driver, and to see Leclerc and George Russell fight it out would be great.
“That could be a deal in heaven. I'm sure everyone in F1 would love to see a swap between Hamilton and Leclerc, that would be mouth-watering.
“When I dream of Hamilton going to Ferrari, it is just a thought because he has won seven world championship titles with Mercedes so he might want to stay. Then again, all the great drivers would feel the pull of a great team like Ferrari, that's where I think Hamilton should end up.”
In the past, Hamilton himself has spoken about Ferrari, last year, he told Corriere della Sera: “Of course, it would be nice to race for Ferrari during my career, but things happen because of a reason.”
However, he did pledge his loyalty towards Mercedes in the same interview, he added: “Mercedes is my family. I will always be a Mercedes driver, just like Stirling Moss.”
F1 will return next weekend with the Australian Grand Prix, which will take place in Albert Park, Melbourne.
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Topics: Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc, Ferrari, Mercedes, Formula 1