Lewis Hamilton started his career and won his first championship with McLaren. After spending seven years with the team he moved to Mercedes. Is his return possible?
Many Lewis Hamilton fans remember fondly the seven-time champion’s time with McLaren. The team’s boss at the time, Ron Dennis, signed Lewis to a driver development contract while he was still a child, and the Briton impressed immediately upon his Formula 1 debut in 2007.
That year he almost won the championship, losing out to Kimi Raikkonen by only one point, however, he won the title in spectacular fashion the very next year. After that, the team never managed to get to the very top again and, at the end on 2012, Lewis decided to try out something new.
In 2013 Lewis moved to an, at the time, mid-field Mercedes outfit and, in only his second season with the team, Lewis won the championship. The rest is history. Six drivers’ titles later, Lewis is getting ready to compete in the 2021 championship on a one-year contract with Mercedes.
With rumours swirling around about the champ’s future, some are secretly hoping for a reunion between Hamilton and his old team McLaren. Recently, current McLaren CEO Zak Brown was asked if he believes Lewis is on his way out of Mercedes.
“Yes, I think you will see Max [Verstappen] and George [Russell] there in 2022,” Brown told the Daily Mail.
“You have Max’s experience and youth, you have George’s youth. If I am Mercedes that is a pretty killer lineup for the next five years.”
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Asked if Lewis could return to McLaren if he indeed leaves Mercedes, Brown said:
“Where we are today, no – because we are really happy with Daniel [Ricciardo] and Lando [Norris] and have them under long term contracts.
“If you brought Lewis back now it would be for a one or two year journey and we know we are not ready to compete for championships, so we need to set up a driver lineup that gets us to that position and that when we reach it they are ready.
“Daniel is ready now, of course. I don’t think the timing is right for Lewis,” concluded the McLaren boss.
All that is fine and dandy, however, it’s hard to imagine that Lewis would opt for joining a team that is as of yet not capable of fighting for championships. The more likely option is that Lewis and Mercedes will come to an agreement at some point in 2021, for what will possibly be the Briton’s last Formula 1 contract.
Both Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Hamilton himself have indicated they would like to continue together, with Lewis also saying his intention is to remain affiliated with Mercedes even after his racing career is done. We put our money on the champ staying with Mercedes for another few years.