Hamilton opens up on plans to remain in F1 ahead of new season
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Martin Brundle has suggested that Lewis Hamilton will be talking to his father Anthony along with his management about his options in Formula One given Mercedes’ poor start to the season. One such option would be ‘doing a Michael Schumacher’, moving to another team like Ferrari and helping to rebuild their internal operations to become world champions again.
Hamilton has not been afraid to vent his frustrations over Mercedes’ poor start to the season with the Silver Arrows appearing to have fallen to the fourth-fastest car on the grid in 2023. The Brit finished the Bahrain Grand Prix in fifth, helped by Charles Leclerc’s retirement, while team-mate George Russell could only come home in seventh.
A Mercedes title challenge in the near future appears unlikely with the Brackley-based outfit already needing to claw back over a second a lap to pacesetters Red Bull. Hamilton may struggle to achieve his elusive eighth world title if he remains with the team, and with his contract expiring at the end of the season the rumour mill has already started to go into overdrive.
Now, Brundle has offered his thoughts suggesting that while there are numerous reasons to stay with Mercedes there may be a part of him that wants to ‘do a Schumacher’, something he will be contemplating in discussions with his father and management. The legendary German infamously left Benetton for Ferrari in 1996 bringing in the personnel and laying the foundations for the Prancing Horses to dominate F1 for five seasons between 2000 and 2004.
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“There are a lot of good reasons to stay at Mercedes,” Brundle told the Sky Sports F1 Podcast. “He just needs them to tell him how they’re going to sort this out.
“But you know, Senna left McLaren to go to Williams, Schumacher went off to Ferrari and it took a long, long time, but he made that work. So these great drivers are not scared of going somewhere and then galvanising and getting a lot of new people around them and making something happen.
“I think there must be part of Lewis that thinks. I’d love to go to Ferrari and do a Michael Schumacher if I can’t win my eighth or ninth right now. Why don’t I go and have some fun there?
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“I’m sure these are all playing in his mind and he will be talking to his dad and his management team about where do we go from here and that will be exacerbated by the dismal performance in Bahrain”.
It remains to be seen what Hamilton will look to do in the coming months but his immediate focus will remain on the task at hand with Mercedes as he hopes this weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
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