Damon Hill doubts that Lewis Hamilton is ready to retire from F1, because the 1996 F1 world champion is satisfied that the prospect of successful a historic eighth title is “simply too tempting” for the Mercedes driver.
Final month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix that handed the 2021 title to Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances left Hamilton completely “disillusioned” and pondering his future in response to Mercedes staff boss Toto Wolff.
Whereas everybody waits for Hamilton to interrupt his gripping silence and make sure his presence on the grid this yr, Hill is not amongst people who consider the Briton will stroll away from the game.
“He’s attending to the top of his profession, it might be a few years or not, however he’s obtained loads within the financial institution,” Hill informed Sky F1. “He may simply assume ‘I’ve carried out all I can do’.
“However I’m positive that an eighth title is simply too tempting, I’m positive he’ll wish to come again, have it and lay all of this to relaxation.
“I believe Lewis Hamilton followers really feel very aggrieved as a result of the best way the choice went deprived them and so they felt robbed. There’s loads of sick feeling.
“Within the Dutch camp, they’re pleased with the outcome however was it a passable method of deciding a championship? It’s a must to say it was unsatisfactory.”
Martin Brundle, Hill’s Sky F1 colleague, is much more satisfied that Hamilton will report for responsibility when pre-season testing kicks off subsequent month in Barcelona.
“Completely not, I do not purchase any of it to be sincere,” Brundle stated.
“I am positive Toto has been requested by Lewis, ‘what are you doing about this?’
“However Method 1 is fantastically profitable for the Mercedes-Benz model, whereas Lewis is 37 years previous and we all know he is driving at his peak, extremely decided and aggressive.
“He’ll be again.”
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Nonetheless, Hill will not deny that the final month’s title decider has put FIA race director Michael Masi – who has been accused by Hamilton himself of “manipulating” the race’s epilogue – within the sizzling seat.
“Manipulated is a really sturdy phrase, I believe it was in some sense manipulated, as a result of Michael Masi, the Race Director, was underneath strain to permit this thrilling race to occur between two drivers,” commented Hill.
“I believe he caved in to strain from either side. Probably extra from the try to let Max come via the sector. That’s why he allowed solely the vehicles between Max and Lewis to unlap themselves.”
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