Depending on the generally reliable Italian website Motosport, Mercedes will then remain in F1 for the years to come. It has long been kept in the dark what the champion team will do, but future plans seem more predictable.
Mercedes and Hamilton will stay in F1 longer than expected. According to the Italian motorsport division, it is said that the long wait for Mercedes’ “Yes” was a matter concerning the manager. At Daimler, the new manager Ola Källenius lacks clarity and transparency about his intentions for F1. Fortunately, these intentions don’t seem to deflect from its predecessor, so the German-British racing team can start preparing for at least a few more extra seasons.
Besides the fact that Mercedes will be staying longer, Lewis Hamilton will more likely sign as well. The Italians report that the world champion in title has reached an “advanced stage” in his contract negotiations, he is indeed in the process of signing for 2022. Toto Wolff would also have had several conversations with the manager of the company to possibly continue for a longer period of time.
The news of Hamilton’s contract extension is not coming from nowhere. Hamilton is considering a new contract with Mercedes and these rumors are only getting louder.
As for now nothing new concerning Valtteri Bottas. After 2020, Mercedes would like to look further for the matter regarding a second driver. George Russell would be favored to take the place of the Finn and take a new step towards improvement. The arrival of Max Verstappen or Charles Leclerc at Mercedes is virtually impossible, especially after the two drivers recently extended their contract by a few additional years.
Mercedes and Hamilton will stay in F1 longer than expected
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