Former Formula 1 team owner turned pundit Eddie Jordan is 'absolutely certain' to move to Ferrari in 2021.
The Irishman also believes that he would bring current Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff with him to Maranello, fuelling speculation that Mercedes are going to pull out of the sport in the near future.
Normally comments such as these would be disregarded as just opinion, but Jordan is famous for predicting moves such as this. He is the man who broke the news that Michael Schumacher would be coming out of retirement to join Mercedes in 2010, and then that Hamilton would be replacing him in 2013.
More recently, he told the media that McLaren had signed an engine deal with Mercedes for 2021, and this again turned out to be true.
Jordan told Top Gear: “It would be the right time for Lewis to go to Ferrari [in 2021]. 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.”
He went on to say that Ferrari have a great pool of talent in the team, but they are lacking a crucial piece.
“But what they 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,” he said.
“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. Do Ferrari need two number ones? No, but they won’t let go of Leclerc.”
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