F1: Lewis Hamilton is priced at just 4/1 to retire as Mercedes contract talks rumble on

LEWIS HAMILTON is yet to sign a new deal with Mercedes which has left his F1 future in serious doubt.

There is speculation he could step away from the sport after clinching his his seventh world title last season, equalling Michael Schumacher's record.

But Paddy Power have the Brit heavily ODDS-ON to extend his stay with Mercedes.

The Brit has won six of his seven world titles with the German manufacturer and the odds suggest he is set to stay and fight for more titles.

He could sign on for an extra year as he is just one more championship away from holding the most world titles in F1 history.

Meanwhile the 36-year-old is priced at just 4/1 to retire as he could choose to pursue other projects.

The current world champion is out of work after his contract with Mercedes expired on December 31.

Lewis Hamilton future – Paddy Power odds

  • To resign for Mercedes: 1/7
  • To retire from F1: 4/1
  • Join another form of motorsport: 10/1
  • To release an album in 2021: 5/2
  • To be UK Xmas No. 1 2021: 6/1

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Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff claims they are ready for any curveballs ahead of the start of the new season.

Wolff told Autosport: "It doesn't worry me at all, because I will always respect Lewis's decisions.

'Whether this is staying with us for a long time, or whether that means leaving the sport and pursuing different interests.

"I think we need to be ready for all kinds of curveballs being thrown at us.

"But at the same time, we talk a lot, and we are very transparent with each other. I think there is more to achieve together."

One of Hamilton's side projects alongside F1 has been music, after secretlyrecording a song with pop star Christina Aguilera.

And the bookies have Hamilton priced at 5/2 to release an album this year and just 6/1 to clinch the next Christmas no. 1.

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