Formula One CEO Stefano Domenicali thinks the championship is strong enough to financially survive a possible retirement from Lewis Hamilton at the end of the 2021 season.
One of the greatest question marks of the current season lies in the future of Formula One’s most iconic current driver, Lewis Hamilton.
Just yesterday, the 7-time-world champion received a special Laureus award for his public engagement against racial injustices, showing the aura surrounding the Briton, which surpasses the boundaries of Formula One.
Hamilton is not just the favorite driver of most of the F1 community but also the only reason why lots of people got interested in the sport. Losing him could, therefore, represent a sportive and economical shock for Formula One.
Nonetheless, Stefano Domenicali remains confident about the future of the pinnacle of motorsports. The Italian thinks the sport is strong enough to withstand the loss of one of their main assets, even though Hamilton remains discreet about his future and still has not leaked any real clue about it after this season.
“I don’t know what Lewis is doing, we are talking with him, but of course, now he’s focused on his actual season, he is fully boosted to make sure that he’ll be the only driver that is going to win eight titles in the history of F1,” Domenicali confided.
“But F1 itself is strong, and drivers, champions, are always in a place where they one day they may retire.”
“For sure Lewis Hamilton is a great asset.”
“He is doing an incredible job on the sporting side in terms of image. He was able to grow F1 in other areas which were not really specifically related to F1.”
“But you know, F1 is solid, robust, and for sure, whatever will be the decision of Lewis, F1 will react and move forward.”
“The good news is that if Lewis, as we all hope, will stay, he will have an incredible season in front of him with the new cars, with a new challenge. And for sure, this may be very interesting for him.”
“If he will decide a different way around, the good news is that in F1 we have so many good drivers today that are at least the challenge, the chance, will be even stronger.”
“Therefore, of course, whatever will be the decision of Lewis, we will respect it. But F1 is really solid and strong.”