‘Not Telling Me If He Will Sign or Not’ – Ex-Ferrari Boss Reveals Speaking to Lewis Hamilton During F1 Shutdown

Published 01/21/2021, 2:50 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Lewis Hamilton is more than just another professional F1 driver. He has become an icon and a symbol of excellence, whilst also attracting new viewers to the sport.

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But heading into the 2021 season, the 35-year-old does not yet have a contract. Although talks with Mercedes have been ongoing, concrete progress in negotiations still seem far away.

New Formula 1 CEO Stefano Domenicali recently spoke about the contract saga in an interview with Sky Sport. Naturally, the former Ferrari team boss hopes that the seven-time F1 champion continues in the sport.

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Domenicali reveals he spoke to Lewis Hamilton in the Christmas period

The F1 CEO stated, “We spoke in the Christmas period. He is preparing. Then he is not telling me if he will sign or not sign the renewal with Mercedes.” (translated via Google Translate)

“Of course, he has a great opportunity, not only sporty speaking, to become with numbers and who knows how to do the strongest in the world. He also has the opportunity to continue to have a role that goes beyond the sporting dimension And he will be able to do it also in the future, in other situations.”

FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Eifel Grand Prix – Nurburgring, Nurburg, Germany – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay/File Photo

Hamilton’s contributions have led to Mercedes’ current standing in F1, and vice versa. Therefore, Domenicali hopes that the resolution in negotiations between both entities happens quickly.

“‘operational’ champion and that a historical result is being played, one thing is to do it in another dimension. I am convinced and I hope, as an interested party, that everything can be resolved quickly,” concluded Domenicali on the subject.

Hamilton could extend his dominance if he signs the new deal with Mercedes

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The defending champions obviously have a decision to make as soon as possible with their drivers’ lineup. Speculation has suggested that George Russell could contend to replace Hamilton in that Mercedes cockpit.

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Giuseppe Cacace

But these are crucial times for Hamilton in his decision-making process. A chance to win his eighth Drivers’ championship lies beyond the horizon. For that to happen, however, he will have to reach a compromise with the team and renew his deal.

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Hamilton had a brilliant 2020 season and will look to further his progress in the new campaign. But, as it stands, only the next few weeks can tell if the British racer would continue mesmerizing racing fans with his driving.

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Bhargav Gopal

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Hailing from Bengaluru, Bhargav is an F1 and NASCAR author for EssentiallySports. He is a huge fan of Max Verstappen and Red Bull Racing. Bhargav also has an MBA in Sports Management from the Symbiosis School of Sports Sciences, Pune.

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