McLaren CEO Zak Brown gave his opinion on Lewis Hamilton’s potential retirement, saying that he wouldn’t be surprised in the least if it happened.
Hamilton hasn’t been seen since his heartbreaking defeat at the season finale in Abu Dhabi. He was robbed of a record-breaking eighth world title in highly controversial fashion, with the fallout of it prompting him to think of his future in the sport.
F1 and Mercedes are trying their best to get the seven-time world champion to change his mind and come back for the 2022 season. However, everything is still very much in the dark, with retirement still the most backed rumour regarding Hamilton’s future.
Brown gave his opinion on Hamilton’s retirement, saying that it wouldn’t come as a surprise to him if he decides to withdraw from the sport.
“I wouldn’t be shocked if he stopped. So I don’t think anyone should take for granted he’s coming back,” the American told reporters at the McLaren factory, as quoted by the West Australian.
“My personal opinion is he’s going to (return), but I don’t think we should discount or not recognise his frustration, his anger. I don’t think we should rule it out or make light of it.
“I just personally think he still has a burning desire to race and that will ultimately drive his decision.”
Back with a vengeance?
Hamilton’s retirement would strip F1 of major star power. The biggest star on the grid and the highest-paid athlete in motorsport, his loss would be a catastrophe on multiple fronts for F1.
The possibility of him retiring has had a butterfly effect on the sport. The FIA have opened an investigation into the episode at Abu Dhabi to give him some sort of closure on what transpired that fateful day at Yas Marina.
Hamilton’s return to the sport for the 2022 season is still shrouded in mystery. What’s clear is that we haven’t heard the last of it.