F1: Lewis Hamilton goes cross-country skiing
Lewis Hamilton could reportedly ditch F1 at the end of the season when his new Mercedes contract comes to an end. The seven-time world champion has committed his future until December – but then he may walk away from the sport altogether.
Hamilton has achieved everything he could have ever dreamed of and is on course to cement his GOAT status this season.
The 36-year-old is the favourite to win the Drivers’ Championship which would take his tally to eight, one above Michael Schumacher.
It was unclear if the Brit would put pen to paper with the Silver Arrows as his contract saga dragged on for months.
But he has finally committed his short-term future the Brackley-based team and he will return to action next month.
However, there are doubts over whether Hamilton will continue racing beyond 2021.
JUST IN: Lewis Hamilton contract delays explained by Mercedes chief Toto Wolff
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The Sun claims Hamilton will consider walking away from the sport when his new deal expires.
Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff has left himself with plenty of options as Valtteri Bottas’ contract also expires at the end of the year.
As does Williams’ George Russell, with the 22-year-old widely tipped to earn a big promotion.
But the immediate focus will be on Hamilton and if he will look to hang up his helmet once he secures another title.
“I am excited to be heading into my ninth season with my Mercedes team-mates,” Hamilton said.
“Our team has achieved incredible things together and we look forward to building on our success even further, while continuously looking to improve, both on and off the track.
“I’m equally determined to continue the journey we started to make motorsport more diverse for future generations and I am grateful that Mercedes has been extremely supportive of my call to address this issue.
“I’m proud to say we are taking that effort further this year by launching a foundation dedicated to diversity and inclusion in the sport.
“I am inspired by all that we can build together and can’t wait to get back on the track in March.”
Wolff added: “Lewis needs to decide what his future holds for him, that’s why I wouldn’t want to comment on where Lewis stands.
“The team needs to decide in the long term what we want to do about drivers.
“Valtteri [Bottas] and Lewis have our 100 percent commitment and loyalty for 2021, we will support them with everything we have and we will then look beyond this year and see what is the line up we imagine in 2022 and onwards.
“Our first discussions will be with Valtteri and Lewis in respecting our values of loyalty and integrity.
“On the other side young drivers are the future therefore we need to consider how we want to set ourselves up for the years beyond.”
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