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The New Formula One boss Stefano Domenicali admits he hasn’t spoken to Lewis Hamilton about his future in the sport, but if it was down to him, retiring any time soon would be out of the question.
Domenicali became only the third boss to take over F1 in it’s 70-year-history after taking over from Chase Carey as the series’ CEO back in September.
Now in his new role in the sport, Domenicali has been accessing the season ahead.
Speaking to the Daily Mail ahead of testing, he praised the seven-time world champion for his work on and off track, and was desperate for the Brit to remain in the sport.
“I haven’t asked Lewis how long he will go on,’ Domenicali stated.
“He knows I want him to go on and on. He is incredible, at the top of his profession and that position gives him great credibility talking about other issues that are important to him.
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“The fight on the track this year will not be easy. The level of the top drivers is the best it has ever been.
In his first full season in the job, Domenicali was quick to praise the line-up this season.
And despite changes to the technical regulations in F1 being pushed back a year due to the global pandemic, the new boss said we can still expect fireworks on track.
“Max Verstappen seems like an old guy because he has been around a long time, but he is just 22,” Domenicali continued.
“Charles Leclerc at Ferrari is strong, Carlos Sainz has gone to Ferrari. There is Fernando Alonso back with Alpine. Sebastian Vettel is at Aston Martin and will want to show he is not the driver we saw last season. Lando Norris at McLaren. George Russell at Williams.”
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The Italian is a well known name in F1, mostly memorably being the Sporting Director of Ferrari during their most dominating years.
Long-term F1 fans will remember he played a huge role at Ferrari, alongside Michael Schumacher, which saw six consecutive constructors’ championships between 1999 and 2004, and Schumacher’s run of five drivers’ titles between 2000 and 2004. He remained there until early 2014
And recently, Domenicali hasn’t been shy in expressing his admiration for Hamilton, and only last month praised the Brit for his contribution to the sport.
“Lewis is an incredible driver, an incredible man, an incredible athlete, and he has given to Formula 1 a different dimension that is over the sport, I would say,” said Domenicali.
“Lewis is a massive ambassador for Formula 1, who is really very important for Formula 1 because he is the one who is embracing other values into the discussion, with his face [now recognised] in a lot of areas away from the sport.
“As soon as we know what will be his future, it will be great to see him fighting for something that no-one would have thought possible to achieve after Michael’s era. It will be really great.”
The Express will have coverage of testing for the 2021 Formula One season, which gets underway from March 12-14, with the season-opening race of the year on March 28 in Bahrain.
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