The news that seven time Formula 1 World Champion, Lewis Hamilton will join the iconic Scuderia Ferrari F1 team means that he will be reunited with a key figure from his past, Frédéric ‘Fred’ Vasseur.
Before his work as Team Principal with Renault, Alfa Romeo and Scuderia Ferrari, Vasseur founded the extremely successful junior series team, ART Grand Prix alongside Nicolas Todt.
ART GP brought early success to some phenomenal drivers such as Nico Rosberg, Sebastian Vettel, Esteban Ocon, Charles Leclerc, George Russell and, of course, Lewis Hamilton.
Between Formula 2 and its predecessor GP2, they have secured championship victories with seven drivers in total.
Vasseur and Hamilton’s partnership started 19 years ago in 2005 when Hamilton signed with ART GP in Formula 3. They won both the Teams’ and Drivers’ championship and as a result of their success, Vasseur and Hamilton stayed together for GP2 the following year.
In typical Hamilton fashion, he had an incredible rookie season and took the 2006 GP2 title with a total of five wins, more than any driver that year.
His GP2 campaign showed promising signs of a future F1 champion. In Turkey, Hamilton made motorsport history when he spun in the early stages, and made an extraordinary comeback from P19 to second place with some incredible overtakes.
This led Lewis to the beginning of his success in F1 as one year later he started his journey with McLaren where he outscored his team mate, two time World Champion, Fernando Alonso in his first season.
In a podcast with ‘Beyond The Grid’ in 2020, Vasseur noted that Hamilton’s ability to reflect and learn from his mistakes was what he believed to have been one of the main aspects which made him an exceptional talent and ultimately a seven time champion.
Two decades later, the pair are set to compete together again, only this time with the historic Ferrari team while Hamilton aims to break even more records and achieve his eighth Formula 1 Title.
— Formula 1 (@F1) February 1, 2024