Eddie Jordan says “it would be the right time” for Hamilton to move to Ferrari in 2021 and adds Toto Wolff is sure to join him.
Ever since news came out that Lewis Hamilton met with the president of Ferrari, the F1 media can’t stop talking about his possible move to the Italian team in 2021. To make things more interesting, Toto Wolff’s contract with Mercedes also expires at the end of 2020. This led to rumors that the Austrian could move on to a leadership position within Formula 1 or, as Jordan suspects, he could join Hamilton at Ferrari. And Jordan is certain of it!
“It would be the right time for Lewis to go to Ferrari [in 2021],” said former Jordan F1 team boss.
“He’s coming to the end of his career, but he still wants to win his seven or more titles.
“But the real belief that I think Lewis will go to Ferrari in 2021 is that Toto Wolff’s contract expires at the end of next year. He knows Mercedes’ long-term future in Formula 1 is not a certainty.
“Indeed, Lewis has mentioned Toto’s contract on more than one occasion, which is unusual for an F1 driver to do.
“Lewis would only go to Ferrari if someone could protect him against any possibility that Charles Leclerc could usurp him. So Ferrari would bring Toto along too.”
Jordan went on to explain why this scenario makes perfect sense.
“What [Ferrari] don’t have is that person on the pit wall to guide the team, in terms of how they structure the race strategy. Toto knows that.
“Racing is in his blood, and he’d love to have a name like Ferrari on his CV too.
“I’m absolutely certain that in 2021, Lewis Hamilton will move to Ferrari. Toto goes with him, because as I said, Lewis won’t leave himself exposed, and it will be his way of bringing an equaliser.”
However the intrigue doesn’t stop there!
“Do Ferrari need two number ones? No, but they won’t let go of Leclerc.
“Vettel will retire at the end of 2020. He can’t go back to Red Bull because he’d get creamed by Max Verstappen.
“However, if Mercedes did decide to stay on in F1, it might work for Vettel to go there; a consolation prize for losing Lewis.
“It would be a huge feather in Leclerc’s cap to potentially beat Hamilton in the same car. He has the potential to be a great.”
So there you go, Detective Jordan cracked the case! And when has Eddie ever been wrong?