Formula One

Brundle: Hamilton ‘not scared’ of leaving Mercedes


Martin Brundle believes Lewis Hamilton wouldn’t be scared of leaving Mercedes and undertaking a new challenge in F1, but admits the seven-time world champion also has “a lot of good reasons” to remain with the Brackley squad.

Mercedes’ dismal start to its 2023 campaign has led to speculation about Hamilton’s future. The Briton’s contract with the German manufacturer expires at the end of this season.

“But while Hamilton has repeatedly expressed his desire to remain with the Mercedes family, his outlook could change if another season of duress awaits the team.

“I do think overall, when we look at the picture, we talk about him, there’s a lot of good reasons to stay at Mercedes,” Brundle told Sky Sports F1.

“They just need to tell him how they’re going to sort this out.

“But Senna left McLaren to go to Williams, Schumacher went off to Ferrari, it took a long time but [he] made that work.

“These great drivers are not scared of going somewhere and then galvanising and getting a lot of new people around them and making something happen.”

Assuming that Hamilton will at some point consider a move away from Mercedes, Ferrari would appear as the Briton’s only viable option.

Hamilton has never hidden his life-long infatuation with the Italian outfit.

“For everyone that’s a dream position to be in,” he said last year. “It was just never really fully on the cards for me.

“I’ll never know fully exactly why, but I wish them all the best and I’m going to spend the next bit of my time stopping them from winning the championship.”

Brundle believes that given the current state of Mercedes’ affairs, the thought of passing through the golden gates of Maranello will creep into Hamilton’s mind.

“There must be a part of Lewis that goes ‘I’d love to go to Ferrari, do a Michael Schumacher and really turn that back into [a championship-winning team],” said the former F1 driver.

“If I can’t win my eighth or ninth now, why don’t I go have some fun there?’

“I’m sure these are all playing in his mind and he’ll be talking to his dad about this and his management team about ‘where do we go from here?’

“That will be exacerbated by the dismal performance in Bahrain of the car.”

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Brundle: Hamilton ‘not scared’ of leaving Mercedes

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