Sky Sports F1 analyst Martin Brundle is confident of a Lewis Hamilton return for 2022, saying that his team must have resolved the issue by now.
Hamilton has gone AWOL since the shambles of an Abu Dhabi GP that robbed him of an eighth world title. With the 2022 season coming up, there has been no word from his camp regarding his future.
Mercedes have been scrambling to find a replacement in the event he really withdraws from the sport. At the same time, they are actively posting about the seven-time world champion, especially during his birthday.
Brundle is confident of a Hamilton return for 2022, saying that he would be back.
In a special edition of The F1 Show titled ‘Abu Dhabi: One Month On’, when asked if Hamilton would really leave Mercedes, the pundit said, “Absolutely not, I don’t buy any of it to be honest.
“I’m sure Toto (Wolff, Mercedes Team Principal) has been asked by Lewis, ‘what are you doing about this?’ But Formula 1 is fantastically successful for the Mercedes-Benz brand, while Lewis is 37 years old and we know he’s driving at his peak, incredibly determined and competitive.
“He’ll be back.”
“I’m a little bit uncomfortable of a team and a driver starting to determine who is doing what in Race Control, or any other role in F1 – that’s the tail wagging the dog to a certain extent,” he spoke of Abu Dhabi.
“If I was a Formula 1 boss and my driver came to me and said I don’t want to race anymore if that guy is staying around, I would immediately stop thinking about race control and thinking has my driver lost his motivation, which of course he hasn’t.
“Lewis will be back and he’ll be pressing the throttle ever harder.”
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