By Carol M. Creasey
With Toto Wolff and a source from Mercedes assuring everyone that Lewis Hamilton’s new contract is almost signed, the next question on every fan’s lips is how long will Sir Lewis drive for Mercedes? As usual the press have gone into vitriolic mode suggesting that “Mercedes only want a one year deal”.
Judging by the comments made by Toto recently, these are even more mistruths. He has said he wants Lewis in the team, and has spoken about their close relationship, even calling him the King of the Grid. He has also said he doesn’t expect Lewis to slow down anytime soon, also admitting Lewis is good for the Mercedes brand, both on and off the track.
Sir Lewis is a man of many talents, as well as the best driver in the world. He is currently unbeatable. In addition he is involved in the fashion industry, partnering with Tommy Hilfiger, he has also set up the Hamilton Commission to help young people from ethnic backgrounds find their way into Formula One, and very importantly, he has played a huge part in the Black Lives Matter movement. Mercedes have backed him by changing their livery to black, and the FIA have too, as he has encouraged other drivers to ‘take the knee’ in support of racial justice before races.
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I could go on about his musical talent and his efforts to save the planet, because on and off the track, Sir Lewis has so many other things to occupy his time. So, when he does finally hang up his helmet, here is a man who will go on to even greater heights, and will never be bored.
But right now he has stated he wants to try and achieve an eighth world championship, and is training hard for it. He has also said he will keep driving all the while it brings a smile to his face. If he chooses only a one-year deal, I will be grateful for all the years of entertainment he has provided for his fans, and wish him well. And if he chooses the option for another year after that, I will be even more thrilled, as for me and many other fans, Formula One won’t be the same without him.
People might say that anyone is replaceable, and there are some amazing younger drivers out there, no doubt about it, but only after Lewis has left Formula One will people be able to reflect on just how good he was, and how humble he was about it. And then they may realise that there will never be another Sir Lewis Hamilton.
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