Lewis Hamilton will be driving a Mercedes for at least the next two years, and Damon Hill thinks the Mercedes' drivers future after that will depend on two factors.
After signing a one-year contract ahead of the 2021 F1 season, all eyes were on whether the Briton would continue on with Mercedes or retire. Those questions have been answered after Mercedes announced Hamilton would stay with the team until 2023. Asked whether Hamilton's latest contract could be his last, Hill believes that will depend on how much the Briton is enjoying F1 and whether he is still winning.
"I think it all comes down to whether you're enjoying it and whether you're winning," Hill stated on the F1 Nation podcast. "With Lewis, obviously, you said he was a bit down... it wasn't much fun of a race, going backwards and having to concede the position to Valtteri."
Things haven't been going to plan for Hamilton in recent weeks as he continues his push for an eighth world title. The Mercedes driver hasn't won since the Spanish GP back on May 9, and he finished fourth at Sunday's Austrian GP after suffering damage to his car.
Initially Mercedes told teammate Valtteri Bottas not to pass Hamilton, who was running second, before changing their minds.
"First they say to Valtteri don't overtake Lewis, and then they change their mind a lap later," Hill added. "It was the right thing, you had to do that and they were under threat.
"Lewis couldn't hang on anymore because he lost 30 points or something of downforce, which is a lot."