RaceFans Round-up: Hamilton has three-year Ferrari deal

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In the round-up: Ferrari team principal Frederic Vasseur indicated Lewis Hamilton has signed a three-year deal to drive for the team.

In brief

Hamilton signed for three years at Ferrari

Ferrari announced in February that Hamilton will join them on a “multi-year” contract beginning next season. Now Vasseur has signalled how long that covers.

Vasseur told the Financial Times: “He had to make a choice: ‘Where do I have the biggest chance to win the world championship in 2025, ’26, ’27?’ And he said, ‘Ferrari’.”

Hamilton was reported to have wanted a three-year deal from Mercedes when he signed his previous contract with them last year.

Vasseur, who is also believed to be courting ex-Red Bull chief technical officer Adrian Newey, also said he expects Hamilton’s presence will prove “the best way to attract good people” to his team. “We have good people at Ferrari, but I want to reinforce.” He gave the interview before the team announced the departure of chief technical officer Enrico Cardile.

Legge returns for Iowa

IndyCar will have a female driver in its field again this weekend as Katherine Legge returns to Coyne for the double-header event at Iowa. She tested for the team at the track earlier this year.

Error-free run needed to beat Palou – O’Ward

Pato O’Ward said it was essential to drive error-free in order to bat reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou to victory at Mid-Ohio last weekend.

“The hard part is to get by the guy,” he explained after the race. “After that, then it turns more into a battle within yourself, just really hitting your marks all the time, not making any mistakes.

“They were so strong on prime [tyres], I knew that he was going to be really putting on the pressure the last stint because it was a new tyre race, it wasn’t [an alternate tyre] race. Yeah, it was good.”

O’Ward said he knew he was going to get by Palou at the beginning of their final stint when he rounded the last corner and saw his rival leaving his pit box. “Coming out of 13, I saw him launching from the box, and then I said, ‘I got his ass’. Yeah, that was it.”

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