New Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali admits he is uncertain over the future of the sport’s star driver Lewis Hamilton.2021 F1 season.
Domenicali, who has taken over from Chase Carey as president and CEO of Formula 1, spoke to Hamilton during the off-season but was unable to shed any light on the doubt over his future.
“I have spoken with Lewis, we talked during the Christmas period,” Domenicali told Sky Sport Italia. “He is preparing. He is not telling me if he will sign or not sign the renewal with Mercedes.”
Hamilton joined Mercedes from McLaren in 2013. He signed his last contract renewal, a two-year-deal taking him up to the end of 2020, during the 2018 season.
Mercedes’ strong performance last season, when the team won 13 out of 17 races, gives Hamilton a strong chance of scoring a record-breaking eighth championship if he returns to drive for the team this year, which he is widely expected to do.
Domenicali said Hamilton “has a great opportunity” to become “the strongest in the world” in terms of his achievements in Formula 1.
“He also has the opportunity to continue to play a role that goes beyond the sporting dimension,” Domenicali added. “And he can do so in the future.”
Hamilton is a vociferous supporter of anti-racism, diversity and the Black Lives Matter movement. Domenicali indicated yesterday the pre-race anti-racism observance introduced in Formula 1 last year and its ‘#WeRaceAsOne’ initiative will continue in 2021.
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