Lewis Hamilton: Aston Martin chief considering blockbuster Mercedes switch for 2022

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Aston Martin chief Lawrence Stroll has revealed his team are tempted by a surprise move for Lewis Hamilton upon the end of his Mercedes contract. The seven-time world champion finally put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension with the Silver Arrows following extensive negotiations since the end of last season, as he targets more glory under Toto Wolff.

Yet it’s clear that Hamilton’s long-term future is unlikely to lie with Mercedes, with other teams now circling.

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Ferrari have reportedly held talks with Hamilton over a shock move in the past before he committed his future to Mercedes, although he always intended to stay put.

Wolff has his sights on George Russell as Hamilton’s future successor following his impressive outing at last year’s Sakhir Grand Prix.

Like Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas is also out of contract with Mercedes next season and movement is expected in both seats.

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Now Stroll has admitted that there is huge appeal in bringing Hamilton to Aston Martin as part of their ambitious plans, following their revamp from Racing Point.

“It is definitely tempting,” he told the PA news agency. “Lewis in any car is great, and I am sure everyone would say yes because he is a seven-time world champion.

“But right now, I am extremely focused on getting started this year.”

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The bombshell comes as a major surprise and is a statement of intent from Aston Martin, who have already signed Sebastien Vettel for next season.

The introduction of a budget cap is likely to make things more competitive in Formula One next season, as several teams look to dethrone Mercedes.

This year, teams can spend a maximum of £112m, with the figure set to be reduced to £108m in 2022 and £105m in 2023.

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Stroll is hopeful Aston Martin will reap the rewards of the reshuffle, adding: “From a competitive point of view, the budget cap changes the sport dramatically.

“The big three teams were significantly outspending everyone and probably had 400-500 more staff. All of that has now gone.

“Here, we are building a brand new state-of-the-art facility. It will be the most modern facility in Formula One.

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“This team has punched above its weight with significantly less resources, and I sincerely believe with the same amount of people and the same budget, there is no reason why world championships are not very much on the cards. It is very realistic to think that.”

It’s not the first time Hamilton has been linked with a move away from Mercedes and the 36-year-old recently poured cold water on talks with Ferrari in 2019.

“I was never close at all to ever leaving my team,” Hamilton said. “I think it’s only right as drivers, as people, when you’re looking at your next phase and committing to the next stage of your life you have to analyse what your options are and make sure you do your due diligence and have the pros and cons.

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“I don’t know whether our values are aligned and timing… it just wasn’t meant to be.”



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