“One day they may retire” – F1 CEO Stefano Domenicali assures Wall Street analysts Lewis Hamilton retirement will not have a negative impact on the sport.
Lewis Hamilton has a one-year contract with Mercedes currently, with expectations of him continuing high. Even if he doesn’t, and calls for retirement, it won’t have a negative impact on the sport, F1 boss Stefano Domenicali has assured. The former Ferrari man was talking to Wall Street analysts over a virtual conference.
“F1 is solid, robust, and whatever Lewis’ decision will be, F1 will react and move forward. The good news is that if Lewis, as we all hope, will stay, he will have an incredible season in front of him with the new cars, with a new challenge and this may be very interesting for him.
“If he decides a different way around, the good news is that in F1 we have so many good drivers today that at least the challenge, the chances, will be even stronger. Therefore, whatever Lewis’ decision will be, we will respect it but F1 is really solid and strong.”
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) May 6, 2021
“For sure Lewis is a great asset. He is doing an incredible job on the sporting side in terms of image. He was able to grow F1 in other areas which were not really specifically related to F1. But F1 itself is strong, and drivers and champions are always in a place where one day they may retire.
“I don’t know what Lewis is doing, we are talking with him, but of course, now he’s focused on his actual season, he is fully boosted to make sure that he’ll be the only driver that is going to win eight titles in the history of F1.”