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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff put under pressure as Lewis Hamilton retirement claim made

Lewis Hamilton will retire if Mercedes can no longer provide him with a winning car, according to a fellow former world champion. Hamilton, 37, is yet to confirm whether or not he’ll compete in the 2022 season, after dubiously missing out on an eighth world title following last season’s controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

However Mika Hakkinen, a world champion with McLaren in 1998 and 1999, doesn’t think it will be the conclusion of report that will ultimately define whether or not Hamilton remains in the sport.

This campaign will see an overhaul in technical regulations, designed to make racing more competitive, with fans and pundits waiting with intrigue to see if the new rules will end the current dominance of Mercedes and Red Bull.

“Lewis has the confidence. He has been winning, he has been on the top of the podium, and everybody has been looking at him like, ‘Wow, you are great’,” Hakkinen was quoted as saying in The Independent.

“He is thinking that it must continue this way, so this is going to be a very interesting year for him.

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“The regulations in Formula One have dramatically changed. It is going to be a completely new machine and the chances are that the designers might not find an optimum machine. If that happens to Lewis it is going to be really hard for him to accept.

“If you have been at the top of the mountain and suddenly you have to climb back up the mountain because you don’t have the best car, it is going to be emotional for him to control.

“There are a lot of question marks surrounding Lewis. We don’t know whether he is coming back, but let’s hope he is.”

Hakkinen’s inference piles the pressure on Mercedes, and Team Principal Toto Wolff, to ensure their adapted W13 vehicle gives the British driver the best possible chance of challenging should he indeed continue this year.



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