Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have extended their partnership for a year till the end of 2021. While Lewis Hamilton will focus on winning his eighth championship, others are speculating on what will happen after the season ends.
Some believe that the Briton will win his eighth championship and look at a possible retirement in 2022. However, others believe that Hamilton will continue to race post-2021 as well.
In a recent De Telegraaf F1 podcast, a former F1 driver, Christijan Albers, explained why Hamilton will not leave F1 anytime soon.
“You can see that he often goes to America to hang out with the stars. He wants to maintain that lifestyle, so he will definitely continue in Formula 1. If I left the sport, I think I would end up in a ‘black hole’ pretty quickly,” said Albers.
The Mercedes driver has won the most (7) world championship and shares the record with Michael Schumacher. He is arguably one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history. Albers also claims that Hamilton still has the skill, talent, and momentum to keep on winning.
“Lewis won’t stop for now, he’s still in his element. Sometimes he talks about how he might retire, but he really enjoys the sport. He really likes the show and wants to level up.”
“So I don’t really see him stopping, not even next year. He feels at home in this world, where he also deals with the best artists in the world,” he explained.
Hamilton is going for the eighth world title this season. Reportedly, the Briton was also looking for a one year contract to evaluate his position and options at the end of the year. With the value he brings to F1, the sport would rather not have him retire.
If he wants to race, there’s nothing stopping him. However, if the motivation is not there anymore, he wouldn’t continue his racing career.
Would you like to see Hamilton continue racing after 2021?