Lewis Hamilton ‘has two options’ amid Mercedes and F1 future uncertainty

Lewis Hamilton has two options when it comes to his future, according to Ralf Schumacher. The 35-year-old is yet to sign a new Mercedes contract. And he’s been coy about extending his stay with the team.

Hamilton has been racing for Mercedes ever since moving from McLaren back in 2013.

Since then he’s become dominant in F1, winning the Drivers’ Championship in 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2019.

He’s expected to soon wrap up title triumph number seven but he’s been coy about extending his stay with Mercedes, admitting he’s undecided about his next move.

The Silver Arrows star said at the start of the month: “We’re in November and it’s crazy that Christmas isn’t that far away.

“I feel great, I still feel very strong, I feel like I could keep going for plenty of months.

“But you mentioned about Toto and shelf-life, there’s multiple things that do stay on the top of my mind.

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“I would like to be here next year but there’s no guarantee of that, for sure. There’s a lot that excites me of the after-life. So time will tell.”

And Schumacher thinks the Brit has two options when it comes to his future.

“In my opinion, there are only two options for him: stop or extend,” he told Sky Sports.

“I don’t see any other option for Lewis. The question is how much motivation he still has and I am curious about his choice.

“I’m sure he’ll take the title in 2021 if he continues. The boys aren’t ‘annoying’ enough for Lewis at the moment.”

Former F1 star Max Chilton recently expressed a belief that Hamilton will stay at Mercedes because Valtteri Bottas is the only driver who comes close to him on the track.

“In short, I can’t see Lewis leaving Mercedes,” Chilton wrote in his column for GQ Magazine.

“Lewis clearly wants a record 8th world title, and the best place for that to happen is with Mercedes.

“They have the best car, so why would he want to bring this record-breaking partnership to an end?

“We have seen this season that the only driver who has put him under pressure is his teammate Valtteri Bottas, so why give up that advantage?

“What I can see happening is Lewis doing one more year with Mercedes, winning that record-breaking 8th title, and then retiring.

“I can’t see him following Fernando Alonso in trying to win the triple crown and competing in Le Mans, Dakar and the Indy 500. I also can’t see him going to Ferrari like so many champions before him.

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“What drives Lewis on, race after race, season after season, is an unmatched competitive spirit – and if the car is not performing to his expectations, it could quickly turn into a nightmare.

“You only have to see what has happened to Sebastian Vettel to see why a change may not be a good thing. Retire at the top, retire as the greatest. That is what I hope he does.”

Chilton does think, though, that Toto Wolff could leave Mercedes.

“Toto Wolff, however, is a different story,” he said.

“I can see him leaving Mercedes. He has done an unbelievable job with the team, but I wonder if he wants a new challenge.

“He has so many ties with Aston Martin and Lawrence Stroll that a move could well be on the cards sooner rather than later.”

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