Mercedes’ stance on Lewis Hamilton future explained as F1 retirement rumours rumble on

Mercedes boss hopes ‘robbed’ Lewis Hamilton will continue racing

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Mercedes bosses are relaxed over Lewis Hamilton’s future despite retirement speculation rumbling on, reports say. The Brit recently missed out on F1 glory to Max Verstappen, losing out on the title in the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi. Since then, the 36-year-old has been silent.

Hamilton went into the deciding race of the season in Abu Dhabi looking to eclipse Michael Schumacher’s title record.

However, with one lap to go, an incident involving the safety car ultimately saw Verstappen crowned champion instead.

It was a major blow for Hamilton, who has been silent in the time since – even unfollowing everybody from his Instagram account, including his own dog.

Some have suggested the Brit could now retire, despite his contract with Mercedes running until 2023.

Yet BILD say the Silver Arrows are ‘relaxed’ over Hamilton’s future, indicating they expect him to race for them again next season.

In the past, Hamilton has bounced back whenever he’s missed out on glory.

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That was the case in 2017 when he reigned supreme just a year after Nico Rosberg had beaten him to the title.

And when Sebastian Vettel dominated the sport between 2010 and 2013, Hamilton was able to break his run by securing glory in 2014.

With the Brit so close to beating Schumacher’s record of seven titles, it seems likely he’ll return to F1 for another crack next year.

Yet Verstappen won’t be easy to beat, with the Red Bull star now eyeing dominance as he looks to build on his first triumph.

Verstappen was recently asked about Hamilton potentially retiring and made it clear he felt the Brit should continue in the sport.

“I can understand being unhappy about what happened after the first few days,” he said.

“But you also understand that this is racing and these things sometimes happen.

“I think it even happened to him before (in 2008) so I think he knows that.

“I think Lewis should just look at what he has achieved. That should comfort him and encourage him to keep going, because he can still fight for the eighth title again next year.

“So I see no reason for him to give up or stop now.”

Rosberg, too, feels Hamilton has to give an eighth F1 title another shot.

“It was heartbreaking for him, absolutely, because up until four laps from the end he was almost certain to be world champion,” he said recently.

“Then with this change of procedure or whatever you want to call it, suddenly he lost the world championship.

“It was tough, it was extremely tough.

“But of course I do count on him being back on the grid next year and fighting to get back that world championship that kind of got taken away from him in a way.

“I do hope that Lewis and Max will go at it again next year.

“Of course I’m not the guy to be saying that because I also disappeared into the distance after I won a title, so it really wouldn’t be fair to say that!

“It was just so amazing, those two guys.

“Lewis used to be – or is – the best wheel-to-wheel racer, and here comes Verstappen who is really taking it to him in wheel-to-wheel racing and sometimes even being better.

“It’s incredible to see their skill and to watch them go at it.

“They’re like on their own planet, they are well beyond everybody else, so I do hope we see it again next year.

“There are completely new regulations next year so there could be another team in the mix as well.

“So I think we’re in for another great season next year.”

The new F1 season will get under way in Bahrain in March. It will have a record 23 races and end in Abu Dhabi in November. 

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