Lewis Hamilton’s future: could he retire from F1? 

It remains ‘unclear’ if the seven-time world champion will be on the grid in 2022

Lewis Hamilton reacts after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton reacts after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
(Image credit: Cristiano Barni ATPImages/Getty Images)

There will be major changes for Formula 1 in 2022 as a new generation of cars hit the track and a record 23 races feature on the schedule. However, with just six weeks to go until the first pre-season test in Barcelona, the sport could yet have to deal with the biggest change of all: the possibility of Lewis Hamilton not being on the grid.

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Mike Starling is the former digital features editor at The Week. He started his career in 2001 in Gloucestershire as a sports reporter and sub-editor and has held various roles as a writer and editor at news, travel and B2B publications. He has spoken at a number of sports business conferences and also worked as a consultant creating sports travel content for tourism boards. International experience includes spells living and working in Dubai, UAE; Brisbane, Australia; and Beirut, Lebanon.