Will he, or won’t he? It’s the Formula 1 storyline dominating the news just now but not even the sport’s CEO Stefano Domenicali knows if Lewis Hamilton will line up on the gird for Mercedes in 2021.
With the new season fast approaching, it was expected the two parties would have reached a resolution by now, but the wait goes on.
"I have spoken with Lewis, we talked during the Christmas period," Domenicali told Sky Italia. "He is preparing. He is not telling me if he will sign or not sign the renewal with Mercedes."
Indeed, Hamilton does appear to be preparing for another year in Formula 1 after posting a recent update to his Instagram account. In it, the Briton writes that he is training in the mountains every day, combining altitude and sea-level fitness work, while “lots of work is ongoing in the background.”
The seven-time world champion has showed no signs of slowing down and in fact appears to be getting better each year, so it would be a surprise were he to walk away with a record-breaking eighth drivers’ championship title looming large.
And these thoughts were echoed by Domenicali, who said the Brit “has a great opportunity” to add to his already extensive list of achievements, while citing Hamilton’s work off-track in calling for more diversity and equality within F1, as well as championing the sport’s anti-racism campaign.
"He also has the opportunity to continue to play a role that goes beyond the sporting dimension," Domenicali continued. But despite not knowing himself, the former Ferrari boss is optimistic we will see a positive outcome soon, saying: "I am convinced and I hope, as an interested party, that everything can be resolved quickly."