On Track GP: Should Lewis Hamilton stay with or leave Mercedes?

Lewis Hamilton on the grid with his hands to his head. Bahrain March 2023

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton with his hands on his head at the 2023 Bahrain Grand Prix.

With Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes contract set to expire, On Track GP have asked whether he should stay with or leave the Silver Arrows.

Heading into the winter, it seemed like an extension to Hamilton’s Mercedes deal, which runs until the end of the 2023 season, was just a formality and yet, one race into the new season, nothing has been signed.

With the W13 proving to be just as difficult as its predecessor, there is now a genuine question as to whether Mercedes will be in a position to give Hamitlon the chance of battling for that converted eighth world title.

So perhaps a move to another top team is in order? Well that is the question that On Track GP’s resident Mercedes fan Matisse Armani has been asking.

“Ferrari have leapfrogged, we saw that last year,” Matisse pondered. “Now Aston Martin have also leapfrogged, we’re seeing that in Bahrain. Mercedes are now the fourth fastest car on the grid.

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“That is a problem for a driver that is coming towards the twilight of his career that is looking to secure a record eighth World Championship. He’s not going to be able to do that in a car like the W14.”

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