Could the F1 start season be Lewis Hamilton’s last? The Briton is bound by a contract until the end of 2023, but recent complaints about Mercedes’ form are sending a signal to fans. His lack of wins could lead to him giving up on F1.

Katarzyna Łapczyńska

Lewis Hamilton

Press material / Mercedes / Pictured: Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton, after pre-season testing in Bahrain, said that in the first Formula 1 race of the year, his team could have problems fighting on the podium. This is due to the fact that Mercedes misinterpreted the new technical regulations of Formula 1, which leaves much to be desired in the design of the W13.

For the seven-time Formula 1 world champion, who has dominated discipline since 2014, the lack of a place in the lead can come as a shock. Just see how he suffered defeats in the 2016 and 2021 seasons, when Nico Rosberg and Max Verstappen were better.

Therefore, experts begin to discuss the possible end of the career of the 37-year-old. – Hamilton knows his biggest opponent (Verstappen – aut.) will only rise. He knows how much effort he has to put in to try to beat it. He doesn’t want to do that forever, said Helmut Marko, Red Bull’s motorsport advisor.

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The Austrian also noted that George Russell did not deviate from his teammate in Formula 1 tests. Therefore, expectations can be confirmed that there will be fierce competition within Mercedes, which will be a problem for Hamilton. The question is how will Russell respond to it? Marco added that it would be decisive.

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Ralf Schumacher sees it in a similar way. – Let’s face it, the next generation of Mercedes is now driving alongside Lewis. The team must think about the future. Her name is Russell. We’ll see how these drivers manage in the internal battle – said the former F1 driver.

According to Schumacher, the contract in force will not be an obstacle for Hamilton to say “enough” after the 2022 season. – If a driver wants to end his career, there is usually a clause in the contract for that circumstance. That was the case with Nico Rosberg in 2016. It was the same for me when I said goodbye to DTM – Schumacher’s younger brother revealed.

The 46-year-old also noted that at some point as a Formula 1 legend it can be difficult to keep up with the pace of young drivers. – Lewis has been doing for years, but he won’t be any younger. I can’t speak for him, but it would be a logical choice to leave when you’re at the top. Schumacher concluded that at some point I was no longer motivated to work harder, to stay ahead.

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