Amid much anticipation, Sir Lewis Hamilton and the Mercedes F1 Team finally agreed a contract extension earlier this month.
However, unlike all of Hamilton’s previous Silver Arrows deals, this extension was just for a single season, so the seven-time World Champion could be free to walk away from Mercedes at the end of the season.
The Aston Martin F1 Team are tempted to try to lure Hamilton away from the Silver Arrows, team owner Lawrence Stroll has said.
Speaking to the PA news agency, the Canadian billionaire was asked if Aston Martin would be interested in trying to secure Hamilton’s services for 2022, to which he replied:
“It’s definitely tempting. Lewis in any car is great and I’m sure everyone would say yes because he is a seven-time World Champion.
“But right now, I am extremely focused on getting started this year,” he added.
The newly rebranded Aston Martin F1 Team will be unveiling their 2021 challenger, the AMR21, on 3 March.
Their 2021 car will continue to be powered by Mercedes, and it will feature a different livery, with the team switching to British racing green in line with their rebrand to Aston Martin.
They will also be running a different driver line-up this upcoming season, with Lance Stroll partnering four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel.
Given the fact that Stroll is the son of team owner Lawrence, it’s almost certain that Vettel would have to make way if Aston Martin and Hamilton were to ink a deal for 2022.
However, as Vettel has a multi-year deal with the Silverstone-based team, forcing him out wouldn’t exactly be easy, though it is certainly within the realms of possibility.