F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali Not Buying Lewis Hamilton Retirement Rumours

Published 12/23/2021, 3:03 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili


There is a lot of uncertainty over Lewis Hamilton’s return to the Formula One grid in 2022 after the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. However, there is one person who believes that the Knight will feature in the upcoming season.

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Formula One boss, Stefano Domenicali has faith that Lewis will come back stronger for the 2022 season, and will push himself to the limit to grab his eighth title in the sport.

Formula One boss knows that Lewis Hamilton will want to win his eighth title

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A controversial decision by the FIA turned the tables in the championship, which saw Max Verstappen become world champion. There has since been a question mark within the F1 community on Hamilton’s return for the next season. Domenicali feels the world of Formula One doesn’t have to worry as he knows that Hamilton is getting charged up to win his eighth title.

Formula One F1 – Qatar Grand Prix – Losail International Circuit, Lusail, Qatar – November 20, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is interviewed after finishing first place in qualifying REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed/Pool

Speaking to Gazzetta.it, Domenicali said, “Lewis Hamilton? I’m sure he will recharge his batteries and come back with even more desire than before to win the eighth world title.”

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How did Hamilton perform in 2021?

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The Mercedes driver managed to bag eight wins, five pole positions, and seventeen podiums. The Knight ended up with 387.5 points; not enough to grab the championship as he lost the title by just eight points.

Now with the winter break on, the 36-year-old will use this time to recover from the season and come back stronger, with hopes of winning a historic eighth title in Formula One.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

What are your predictions for the Mercedes driver as he gets ready to mount a title challenge in the upcoming season of F1? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below.

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Arpit Gomes

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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