Sir Lewis Hamilton completely satisfied to maintain his choices open along with his time inside F1 unclear past subsequent season, as Mercedes driver insists ‘there isn’t a actual have to plan too far sooner or later’ forward of his quest for an unprecedented eighth world title
Sir Lewis Hamilton is counting all the way down to the beginning of the brand new season not sure whether or not it will likely be his final, even when he wins an unprecedented eighth world title.
The recently-knighted driver revealed his uncertainty on the launch of the brand new Mercedes on the group’s Brackley HQ, the place he devoted himself to proceed his public battle for equality.
Hamilton, who has been coaching in America forward of racing beginning once more in Bahrain on March 28, signed a one-year contract with the all-conquering Silver Arrows final month — an association that raised doubts over his long-term dedication.
Lewis Hamilton’s future inside Formulation One is unclear past the 2021 season
And on Tuesday neither he nor group principal Toto Wolff would categorically decide to preserving their record-busting partnership going into 2022.
Hamilton, 36, mentioned: ‘I’m within the lucky place the place I’ve achieved a lot of the stuff I wished to attain up up to now. So there isn’t a actual have to plan too far into the longer term.
‘We live in an uncommon time frame, so I simply wished one 12 months. Then we are able to discuss if we do extra and preserve including it by one if we have now to.
‘I’ve made an essential determination in my thoughts that I do not need successful one other title to be the deciding think about whether or not I keep.
Hamilton and Toto Wolff did not decide to preserving record-busting partnership going into 2022
‘It is going to be extra whether or not once I put the helmet on I nonetheless have a smile as I depart the storage and whether or not I nonetheless get pleasure from it.’
Wolff declined the chance to say that Hamilton would 100 per cent be prime of his drive checklist for 2022, reinforcing the notion that the Austrian could wish to rejuvenate his line-up by signing Purple Bull’s Max Verstappen or Williams’ younger British driver George Russell.
Wolff seems to wish to preserve his choices open, identical to his star driver.
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