Mercedes have dropped a teaser video of their new car for the 2022 Formula One season, amidst rumours of lead driver Lewis Hamilton retiring from the sport. Whilst successfully defending their constructors’ championship title,
the mood around the Mercedes camp will no doubt have been a somber one following the final race of the 2021 season after Hamilton agonisngly missed out on a record eighth world championship. Whilst successfully defending their constructors’ championship title,
the mood around the Mercedes camp will no doubt have been a somber one following the final race of the 2021 season after Hamilton agonisngly missed out on a record eighth world championship. This allowed the Dutchman to draw neck-and-neck with the seven-time world champion as the pair played out a final lap shootout for the title, which Verstappen won thanks to a fresher set of tyres. However it seems the Mercedes team are looking to put their 2021 heartbreak behind them by offering fans a sneak peak of the 2022 vehicle via a video on Twitter. Whilst the reveal is no doubt exciting news for the Silver Arrows, rumours are still circulating that starman Hamilton could well not be in the new car come the start of the season. This came after Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff speculated that Hamilton could well head into retirement following his disappointment in Abu Dhabi this month.
Wolff said: “It is going to take a long time to digest what has happened on Sunday “I don’t think we will ever get over it, that’s not possible. Lewis and I are disillusioned at the moment. We’re not disillusioned with the sport. “We love the sport with every bone in our body. And we love it because the stopwatch never lies. “But if we break that fundamental principle of sporting fairness and authenticity, then suddenly the stopwatch doesn’t become relevant any more. “Because we are exposed to random decision-making. And it is clear that you may fall out of love with a sport if you start to question, with all the work you have been doing, all the sweat and tears and blood.” He then added:
“I very much hope that Lewis continues racing because he’s the greatest driver of all time.” Despite Wolff’s worries it seems he and his Mercedes team could well be in luck, after motorsport.com claimed that Hamilton is in fact set to stay on for 2022 and join new teammate George Russell.