That new one-year deal, his age (37 next year), the likelihood he’ll become a record eight-time world champion this year and the sheer longevity of his time performing at the highest level has fired speculation Sir Lewis might retire at the end of 2021. But for all his wider interests, Hamilton loves motor racing. It’s all he’s known. Would he walk away from F1’s greatest team (probably ever), despite the uncertainty of new regulations? We’re not convinced.
Will it? Why? Six years ago this team finished third in the constructors’ championship for a second consecutive season, so the ingredients for revival must be in there somewhere.