Lewis Hamilton Is Close To Retirement, Webber Claims

Sir Lewis Hamilton is gunning for a record-breaking eighth World Championship this year – and it has been speculated he might retire at the end of 2021.

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Former F1 racer Mark Webber is certain that Sir Lewis Hamilton is nearing retirement, with him expecting the seven-time World Champion to remain in Formula One for only another year or two.

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Hamilton inked a contract extension with Mercedes in February after his previous deal expired at the end of 2020.

The fact he only signed a one-year deal raised speculation about his plans to retire at the end of the year.

The Brit, for his part, has said he is yet to make up his mind about his future and insisted that whether or not he wins an eighth title this year won’t be the deciding factor.

His 2021 campaign got off to a great start at the season-opener in Bahrain last weekend, with him taking victory despite Red Bull’s Max Verstappen appearing to have the edge over Mercedes.

Webber said he believes Hamilton still has a few more years left in him, but admitted it would be “brave” to suggest that he will race in Formula One for another three seasons.

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“He’s definitely on the home straight, there’s no question about that,” Webber said.

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“You’d be a brave man to say he’s going to race for three more years. Two, maybe. One, yes, and then there’s a high chance, it makes a lot of sense. There’s new rules in 2022.

“[I’d say] go long, even Lewis at eight and a half out of 10 is still dangerous. Go a bit longer, you don’t have a great deal to lose in my opinion, when you’re that amazing.

“I still think he’s got more in him,” the former Red Bull driver added.

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