F1: Hamilton to ignore speculation over future
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Lewis Hamilton will race for Mercedes once again in 2021 as he looks to become a record-breaking eight-time F1 world champion. The Brit has signed a one-year deal at the Silver Arrows but there are questions surrounding his future.
Some believe Hamilton could retire if he wins the championship again and breaks the record he shares with Michael Schumacher at present.
Others believe he will remain at Mercedes and the 36-year-old has also been linked with Ferrari.
One man who is sure Hamilton will retire in his current team is FIA chief Stefano Domenicali.
The former Ferrari chief does not think there is any room for Hamilton at the Italian team with Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz at the team.
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He told the Daily Mail: “No, I don’t think so. They have invested in Charles and now Carlos.
“Lewis will end his career at Mercedes.”
Hamilton has spoken of his admiration for Ferrari in the past and even said it was a dream to one day drive for them.
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In the twilight of his career it now seems the seven-time world champions looks like he will miss out on that opportunity.
Meanwhile, Martin Brundle believes Hamilton was a bit ‘grumpy’ with how his contract negotiations went.
“We did a couple of features with him that we will play out through the year on Sky F1,” Brundle told Sky Sports.
“He was very generous but a bit grumpy actually, I thought generally. It’s interesting that his right-hand man, Marc Hynes, is no longer working with him.
“I sensed he possibly wasn’t super-happy with the way the negotiations have worked out at Mercedes.”
F1 is back tomorrow with pre-season testing in Bahrain where the 2021 cars take to the track for the first time.
Three days of testing is all the teams have to prepare this season due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The first race of the season is the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, March 28.
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