Lewis Hamilton, Mclaren, Formula 1

Lewis Hamilton, Mclaren

Formula 1: Hamilton to triumph and retire, says McLaren boss

Formula 1: Hamilton to triumph and retire, says McLaren boss

25/3/2021 6:23:00 PM

Formula 1 : Hamilton to triumph and retire, says McLaren boss

MANAMA: Lewis Hamilton is set to claim an unprecedented eighth drivers' world title and then leave Mercedes and retire from Formula One, predicted ...

McLaren team boss Zak Brown. (Photo: AFP/Glenn Nicholls)25 Mar 2021 11:01PMShare this contentBookmarkMANAMA: Lewis Hamilton is set to claim an unprecedented eighth drivers' world title and then leave Mercedes and retire from Formula One, predicted rival team boss Zak Brown of McLaren.

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Brown, the architect of McLaren's resurgence after a spell in the doldrums, told the Daily Mail he believed Max Verstappen of Red Bull and George Russell of Williams will be recruited by Mercedes in an all-new line-up for 2022.AdvertisementAdvertisement

He added that he would not be keen to offer Hamilton a return to McLaren next year because he was building the team for the future with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.Speaking ahead of this weekend's season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Brown explained that it would be"bad timing" if Hamilton wanted to find a seat next year. headtopics.com

The seven-time champion's decision to sign only a one-year contract with Mercedes has made his future the subject of intense speculation as the F1 circus prepares for the start of a record 23-race season to run under COVID-19 restrictions."If I had an opening, would I put Lewis in the car? Of course, but we are trying to build for the future - hence this kind of youth-and-experience combination," Brown was quoted saying.

AdvertisementAdvertisement"You feel if you brought Lewis back now it would be for a one or two-year journey and we know we are not ready to compete for championships, so we need to set up a driver line-up that gets us to that position and that when we reach it they are ready.

"Daniel is ready now, of course. I don't think the timing is right for Lewis."On Mercedes future plans, he added:"I think you will see Max and George there in 2022. I think that's the obvious conclusion.""Lewis wins title No 8 this year and is the winningest driver in every category. They have a one-year deal with him. George is coming out of his deal and Max has a deal he comes out of.

"You have Max's experience and youth. You have George's youth. If I'm Mercedes, that's a pretty killer line-up for the next five years." Read more: CNA »

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