Fred Vasseur explains why it was important to sign Lewis Hamilton

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Ferrari team boss Frederic Vasseur explains why he wanted to sign Lewis Hamilton and says “the input of Lewis or another driver is not just about qualification lap time”.

Lewis Hamilton will join Ferrari in 2025, just in time to be able to provide his input in the design of the team’s 2026 car, which will be built under new Formula 1 regulations.

Ahead of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Ferrari’s team boss Frederic Vasseur explained why it was important to sign the Briton.

“The input of Lewis or another driver is not just about qualification lap time and so on,” Vasseur said.

“It’s the finality of the job. What we all collectively can see Saturday or Sunday, at the end of the day, the job of the driver is much wider.

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“It’s starting sometimes six or eight months before the season, to be able to work on the next project, to bring his own experience, his own view on what we can do, or how we could do it and so on and so on.

“We have time to discuss this with Lewis and, for me, into the building process of the team – you want to have a long-term view and for the next cycle.

“I think we are going in the right direction. But for sure Lewis will add value,” the Frenchman concluded.

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