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F1 LIVE: Lewis Hamilton the ‘wrong one’ for Ferrari as Red Bull pick Verstappen successor

Former F1 driver Christian Danner believes Ferrari may have jumped the gun by ditching Carlos Sainz in favour of Lewis Hamilton for next season.

He told MotorsportMagazin: “If you want Hamilton, you’ve kept the wrong one because he [Sainz] is faster, but that’s highly political.

“He [Frederic Vasseur] should have waited a little longer. It wasn’t a necessity.

“I wouldn’t blame Lewis for stumbling at the moment, but one thing is clear. Sainz in this kind of form, when he has Charles Leclerc under control like this, you can say that he [Vasseur] perhaps made his decision too early.

“Sainz is approaching it with a commitment, a joy and an aggressiveness. I really like that. It also requires a fervent attitude: ‘Now it’s me and no one else’.

“You can see it not only in his eyes, but in every corner and at the moment, Carlos Sainz is messing everything up at Ferrari. First of all, you’ve signed the wrong driver for next year. Hamilton is behind, he’s [Sainz] much better.”

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