F1 expert Martin Brundle believes Mercedes wanted to keep its driver options open for 2022 by only re-signing Lewis Hamilton for 2021

Finally the news came confirming that Hamilton would move on with the Mercedes team in 2021 and pursue an eighth record world championship as the Silver Arrows attempt to score eight driver and constructor title doubles in a row

As part of the contract, Hamilton and Mercedes will “start a long-term project to take the next step in our joint commitment to greater diversity in our sport”

However, many were surprised that Hamilton only signed a one year extension, including Brundle

“It’s an unusual announcement for such a team and driver, a one-year deal,” Brundle told Sky F1

“It’s almost like ‘the season is almost around the corner, we’re testing next month, you have to be in the newest car, we have to get on with it,’ so a one-year deal has been announced

“And interestingly enough, of course, the Foundation also set up a commission in the middle of last year that will work together, and presumably some overlap on the subject of diversity and inclusion

“But it’s about the race right now, because you have to get in the car and go”

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In Brundle’s eyes, this one-year contract means that Mercedes’ options for the 2022 campaign remain completely open

Both Hamilton and team-mate Valtteri Bottas will be leaving the contract, as will George Russell at Williams, the Mercedes prospect who will join the team frequently in the near future

Even Max Verstappen could be an option, says Brundle The Dutchman is under contract with Red Bull until the end of 2023, but Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff is an admirer of his talent

“So just a one-year contract that Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, his teammates, and George Russell, the young driver who naturally led when Hamilton paused with COVID in Bahrain, which is also in the Mercedes books, is leaving the end.” next year everything out of contract, ”explained Brundle

“And maybe one or two other bandits like Max Verstappen could be in the market, which means that at least one of the parties wanted to keep their options open in the future

“I guess that was Mercedes-Benz, and that’s how they put it to bed for this year, and then they say they’ll be sorting out a little earlier in 2022”

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