With english Lewis Hamilton and the finnish Valtteri Bottas only committed to running through 2021 with Mercedes in the F1 many wonder what will happen in 2022 in the event that both do not renew their bond with the German team. One of the protagonists of the paddock who gave his opinion on the matter was Zak BrownResponsible for McLaren.
For the executive director of the Woking team, the reference squad of the Máxima will have a new pair made up of the Dutch Max Verstappen, actually in Red Bull; and English George Russell, that today runs for Williams.
“I think we will see Max and George at Mercedes in 2022. I think that is the obvious conclusion. Lewis wins title number eight this year and becomes the most successful driver in all categories; they have a one-year agreement with him. George ends his contract and Max has a bond that he can get out of (he signed until 2023). You have the experience, despite your youth, of Max and you also have the youth of George. If I were Mercedes, that would seem like a pretty brutal lineup for the next five years ”, Brown explained in an interview with Daily Mail.
Brown went a little further with his analysis and ruled out that Hamilton could pass to Red Bull, a logical option considering that he is another of the leading teams in F.1 “The interesting thing is what Red Bull is going to do. It is a difficult question to answer. It is hard for them. Everybody is tied up. Lewis has spent his entire career with Mercedes, in the factory team or with McLaren and I think that like Michael Schumacher he was fundamentally a Ferrari man, although he ended up with Mercedes; Lewis has this opportunity to be a Mercedes man, so I don't see why he should change teams. ", Hill.