Lewis Hamilton is directly associated with Mercedes. He has been driving for the outfit for as long as we can remember. However, before he joined the Silver Arrows, the Brit used to drive for McLaren from 2007 to 2012.
At the end of the 2012 season, he replaced seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. This was around the time that the birth of the V6 turbo hybrid era began.
The Silver Arrows have won seven driver and constructor championships in a row. Hamilton has won six titles which led him to tie with Schumacher on the all-time titles list.
Despite all these concrete numbers, there is some uncertainty regarding his future with the outfit.
Initially, it was just a rumour. But, after Hamilton signed a one-year contract with Mercedes, the speculation grew a lot more.
Many believe that he will be replaced by Mercedes junior driver George Russell who is currently driving for Williams. There is even a possibility of the outfit signing Max Verstappen considering the performance clause in his deal.
But in the event Hamilton decides to continue in F1 without retiring, would he consider moving to McLaren?
He would still be driving a Mercedes-powered car and would finish his career with them. This comes after the outfit redrafted their partnership with Mercedes after spending three seasons with Honda from 2015 to 2017 and three seasons with Renault from 2018 to 2020.
McLaren CEO Zak Brown, however, has mentioned that this will not be happening.
This is because McLaren will be sticking with Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. The team has no particular interest in signing Hamilton for a return.
“Where we are today, no, because we are really happy with Daniel and Lando and have them under long-term contracts,” Brown said.
“If I had an opening, would I put Lewis in the car? Of course, but we are trying to build for the future, hence this kind of youth-and-experience combination.
“You feel if you brought Lewis back now it would be for a one or two-year journey and we know we are not ready to compete for championships, so we need to set up a driver line-up that gets us to that position and that when we reach it they are ready.
“Daniel is ready now, of course. I don’t think the timing is right for Lewis,” he concluded.
Fortunately, it seems that Hamilton will be back in 2022 with Mercedes for the moment given his recent comments.
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