Christian Horner has given his take on the speculation that Lewis Hamilton could retire from F1.
There has been no word from Hamilton since the controversial ending to the 2021 season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with the Briton maintaining radio silence on his social media channels as well as unfollowing everybody on Instagram.
Horner is hopeful that the Mercedes driver will be back on the grid in 2022, having praised him and Max Verstappen for being in a "league of their own" during their battle for the title last season.
"I certainly hope that Lewis will be around this year," Horner told India's World Is One News.
"He's still driving at an incredible level. The two drivers last year were in a league of their own."
However, Horner believes that it is entirely down to Hamilton to decide.
"Ultimately, it's his choice," the Red Bull team boss added.
"It's his career, it's his decision, so I'm sure he will decide to do what's best for him [and] what he wants to do, and that's none of our business."
Verstappen and Hamilton battle brought in fans
Despite the controversy surrounding the way in which the title was decided, Horner believes that the season-long battle for the championship between Hamilton and Verstappen was good for the sport.
"Sport is all about competition," he explained.
"When you've got serial winners, it becomes less attractive, so I think the fact that there was a big rivalry between the teams, between the two drivers [was appealing]. [At] every Grand Prix, there was very little to choose between the two of them.
"It was a fantastic year. It was the best year I think Formula 1 has had as a sport for probably 30 or 40 years."
Whilst Horner believes there are several exciting talents in F1 at the moment, he is expecting Verstappen to continue his ascent following his first World Championship victory.
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