Hamilton to decide future after F1 plan is revealed

World champion Lewis Hamilton says plans for the future of Formula 1 could affect how long he stays in the sport.

New owners, Liberty Media are set to reveal their plans and vision for the sport post-2020 at a meeting scheduled for Friday in Bahrain when it hopes to introduce a more equitable revenue split between the teams, a limit on expenditure, simpler, cheaper engines and plans to close up the field.

Hamilton, who is yet to commit to a new contract with Mercedes beyond 2018, said: “It is always good to wait to hear those and see the future of F1.โ€

“That could or could not have an impact on the decisions you make in terms of [contract] length moving forward.”

The Mercedes driver โ€“ who is in the middle of talks with the Brackley-based team, while speaking to reporters ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix this weekend said the next contract he signs is crucial.

โ€œThe next contract is probably the most important of my career. The decision as to how long you want to commit to F1 becomes more and more important.โ€

“For me, being at the latter end of my career, it is one not to be rushed into. There is no rush and I will not be rushed.โ€

“Ultimately, you want to have all the information so you can make the most knowledgeable decision.โ€

“It will be interesting to see what is happening with F1 as I am an integral part of it. I am interested to know. I am at a pretty good time because I still haven’t put pen to paper.โ€

“The cool thing is they are looking into how to make it more of a spectacle. What’s always been the biggest problem is there are so many people making decisions.โ€

“I talk to so many people high up who have no idea what it means to be a racing driver or a team boss or a designer. At least they have some people in there who do understand it and hopefully we will be moving in the right direction.โ€

Hamilton kicked off the 2018 F1 season finishing second in the opening Australian Grand Prix after being jumped by Sebastian Vettel during a virtual safety car period, of which the German went on to win.

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Francis Joseph
Francis is a sports analyst based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state. He is a graduate of Political Science from Niger Delta University, Amassoma in Bayelsa State. Writing and analysing sports is his passion.

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