Method 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton to assert eighth drivers’ title and retire, predicts McLaren boss

Method 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton to assert eighth drivers’ title and retire, predicts McLaren boss

He added that he wouldn’t be eager to supply Hamilton a return to McLaren subsequent 12 months as a result of he was constructing the group for the longer term with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.

Formula 1 2021: Lewis Hamilton to claim eighth drivers' title and retire, predicts McLaren boss

File picture of Lewis Hamilton. AP

Manama: Lewis Hamilton is ready to assert an unprecedented eighth drivers’ world title – after which go away Mercedes and retire from Method One, predicted rival group boss Zak Brown of McLaren.

Brown, the architect of McLaren’s resurgence after a spell within the doldrums, advised the Every day Mail he believed Max Verstappen of Pink Bull and George Russell of Williams shall be recruited by Mercedes in an all-new line-up for 2022.

He added that he wouldn’t be eager to supply Hamilton a return to McLaren subsequent 12 months as a result of he was constructing the group for the longer term with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo.

Talking forward of this weekend’s season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Brown defined that it could be “dangerous timing” if Hamilton needed to discover a seat subsequent 12 months.

The seven-time champion’s choice to signal solely a one-year contract with Mercedes has made his future the topic of intense hypothesis because the F1 circus prepares for the beginning of a report 23-race season to run underneath COVID-19 restrictions.

“If I had a gap, would I put Lewis within the automobile? After all, however we are attempting to construct for the longer term – therefore this type of youth-and-experience mixture,” Brown was quoted saying.

“You’re feeling in the event you introduced Lewis again now it could be for a one or two-year journey and we all know we’re not able to compete for championships, so we have to arrange a driver line-up that will get us to that place and that after we attain it they’re prepared.

“Daniel is prepared now, after all. I don’t suppose the timing is true for Lewis.”

On Mercedes future plans, he added: “I feel you will notice Max and George there in 2022. I feel that’s the apparent conclusion.

“Lewis wins title No 8 this 12 months and is the winningest driver in each class. They’ve a one-year cope with him. George is popping out of his deal and Max has a deal he comes out of.

“You’ve got Max’s expertise and youth. You’ve got George’s youth. If I’m Mercedes, that’s a fairly ‘killer line-up’ for the subsequent 5 years.”

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