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Zak Brown: Don’t take for granted that Hamilton will continue in F1

McLaren CEO Zak Brown isn’t sure that Lewis Hamilton will be coming back to F1 for the new season. Having gone quiet since the end of the last campaign, rumours have begun to circulate about the English driver’s future.

Plenty of fans and pundits have been having their say, with some thinking that Hamilton will definitely be back to go for an eighth title, while others are wondering if he might really leave the sport.

The latest to chime in on the subject has been McLaren’s Zak Brown and he says nothing is certain.

“I wouldn’t be shocked if he stopped, so I don’t think anyone should take for granted he’s coming back,” said Brown.

“My personal opinion is he’s going to [return] but I don’t think we should discount or not recognise his frustration, his anger.

“I don’t think we should rule it out or make light of it.”

While stressing that anything is possible at this stage, Brown‘s own opinion is that F1’s biggest star will indeed be taking part in the 2022 season.

“I don’t think he’s ready to retire,” Brown added.

“I don’t think he’s going to let an incident put him into retirement.

“I just personally think he still has a burning desire to race and that will ultimately drive his decision.”

Hamilton, saludando.

Hamilton, saludando.MERCEDES AMG-F1

Learning from mistakes

Brown also thinks that F1 will move past the end of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi and that it is an opportunity to learn and improve.

“It is obvious to focus on the events of Abu Dhabi at the end of last season, which are the subject of an FIA investigation, but this was a symptom rather than cause in my view,” wrote Brown on the McLaren website.

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“There have been systemic issues around alignment and clarity on who makes the rules – the FIA or the teams – that have manifested themselves in the past couple of years, at times in a high-profile way.

“It is clear that some of the rules and their governance are not acceptable as things stand. No one is happy with the inconsistency in the policing of the regulations, which has been habitually exploited by teams for competitive advantage. I have said before that the teams have too much power and it needs to be reduced.”

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