A surprising revelation about Lewis Hamilton’s future – In the final Formula 1 Grand Prix of the season, Lewis Hamilton lost out to Max Verstappen, seeing his eighth F1 world championship title slip away.
However, it has since been learned that the British driver could have made a surprising decision for his future had he won in Abu Dhabi last December.
Since losing a huge upset to Max Verstappen in the last Grand Prix of the season in Abu Dhabi, allowing the Dutchman to win his first Formula One world title, Lewis Hamilton has been silent. With the first race of 2022 just under two months away, the British driver has yet to make a statement about his future in Formula One.
While this is a concern for Mercedes and the 37-year-old’s fans, the driver could have left the sport immediately after the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix it has since been revealed.
Hamilton could have retired after Abu Dhabi if he had won his eighth title
A source close to Mercedes told The Telegraph that the German team had expected Lewis Hamilton to retire just after his eighth title had he won in Abu Dhabi last December.
A clause in his contract with Mercedes until 2023 would allow him to do so. But since the seven-time world champion lost out to Max Verstappen, he would now have a duty, or risk possible legal action by Mercedes, to continue his run with Toto Wolff’s team.
However, other Mercedes sources have reportedly said that the team will not go that far if Lewis Hamilton breaches this contractual clause. A final source was optimistic about Lewis Hamilton’s future decision:
“It’s all part of the show. The truth is Lewis is going to have a super competitive car this year and he has 50 million reasons to stay [the value of his contract].
“Anyway, if he wanted to retire, he would have said so by now, wouldn’t he? Otherwise he’s just going to make the team sh*t because they’ll be left with no other option.”