The big question for Formula 1 fans in early 2021 is: Is Lewis Hamilton going to renew his contract with Mercedes? Nor does the category’s new CEO Stefano Dominical, who took office earlier this year, know the answer. The Italian revealed that he tried to get some information from the seven-time champion, but was unsuccessful.
In an interview with Sky Italia, the new F1 boss said, “We spoke at Christmas time. He didn’t want to tell me whether he was going to renew with Mercedes.”
Domenici, who was the head of the Ferrari team during the time when Felipe Massa was running for the Italians and Lamborghini’s CEO when the chance was to occupy the position of Chase Carey by the end of last year, said in his statements Having made it clear that he wants Hamilton to have made demands several times in recent years, giving the pilots a leading role in their management.
“Certainly he has a great opportunity to become the biggest in terms of records,” Domenici continued. “And you have the opportunity to play a role that goes beyond the dimensions of the game.” I am convinced and hopeful, because someone is interested in it, so that everything can be resolved quickly. ‘
In another interview for Sky TV UK, the Italian stated that “drivers will be the focus of Formula 1’s future”. I think they represent the true soul of our game – their faces, their skills. I want to see you not only as a pilot, but as an ambassador for our sport. They will be important for the future. ”
As usual, Hamilton and Mercedes have kept the conversation very secret. The Englishman shared a picture of training in snow on his social media this week, saying that he was training in the mountains, and that “a lot of things” were happening behind the curtain. He has a home in a mountainous area in Colorado in the United States, and he usually goes there to get ready. Prior to this, the Englishman was in the Caribbean, where part of his family had migrated to the United Kingdom.
On behalf of Mercedes, Hamilton boss Toto Wolof has said several times over the past few weeks that he doesn’t care if the situation is resolved by the pre-season tests of the negotiations. The good news is that due to the epidemic, the F1 season (and, consequently, the preseason) will start later than usual: testing will take place in mid-March and the first race is due on 28 March. In Bahrain.
Hamilton’s contract is the only one that has not yet closed on the F1 grid. The Englishman has the chance to become an eight-time champion for the first time in the history of the category and is already a record holder for wins, poles and podiums.