By: KAYLA McDONALD
Formula One, 7-time World Champion holder Lewis Hamilton has yet to sign for another season with Mercedes. Fans speculate why the promising star has yet to announce whether or not he is racing with the Formula One Mercedes team this year. Hamilton first started his career racing for McLaren in 2007, and within the following year, Hamilton broke the record of becoming the youngest champion in the History of Formula One. Hamilton then signed with Mercedes in 2013 where he has been racing ever since. He currently sits with record-breaking numbers such as being a 7-time World-Championship holder, with 95 total career wins, and 98 pole positions. Last year was a rocky season for Formula One with their 2020 season not beginning until July 5, 5 months after their regular start date, due to COVID-19. Out of the 17 races held last year, Hamilton was only able to compete in 16 due to a COVID-19 test that came back positive just days before the 2nd to last race in Bahrain. Mercedes recruited 22-year-old driver George Russell who was driving for Williams at the time. Many fans were astonished at the decision that Team Principal, Toto Wolff made to have Russell fill in Hamilton’s seat for the time being. Although Russell had scored 0 points the whole season many fans had faith in the young driver with a survey that showed 29% of fans thought he would finish in the first place position on the podium, something he had never achieved before. On the day of the race, Russell had a promising start staying within the top 3 out of 20 drivers for 70 laps of the race, and getting the fastest lap of the race with a time of 54.546 seconds. However later on in the race, due to Mercedes mechanic problems, Russell ran into a problem when entering the pit lane for a change of tires setting him back a few places. From being in the top 3 to being knocked down to 14th place, Russell only became more motivated to finish on the podium and place top 3 again. The race came to an end and the 22-year-old British driver finished in 9th place. After the race, Russell took to Instagram and said “ I was managing the race at the start, felt comfortable. Gutted but incredibly proud of what we achieved and happy to have had the opportunity. That’s racing, it’s a team sport, we’re all in it together. Sometimes the driver messes it up, I have once or twice this year at Williams. It was a late call, we got the tyres muddled up. Silver lining – I got my first points in F1.” Even though the driver finished 9th, Formula One fans all over the place started discussions about the refreshing feeling of having such a young dedicated driver race in place for Hamilton. Many argued that Russell should take Hamiton’s Mercedes spot in the following season. With now just weeks away from the first Formula One race of 2021 due to take place on March 28, fans are wondering why Hamilton has stayed M.I.A and gone silent on social media platforms. Will Russell take Hamilton’s place this year? Fans speculate so, but with testing of the new 2021 cars taking place on March 12, we hope the drivers make a decision soon.