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Does eight world titles projection undersell Hamilton's potential?

OPINION: Lewis Hamilton's new one-year deal with Mercedes has given renewed strength to theories he will depart Formula 1 with eight world championships. But these underestimate factors he will be considering and also how many titles he could win

There is a strong school of thought that Lewis Hamilton's one-year contract extension with Mercedes means he is now set on a path to walk away from Formula 1 after clinching an eighth world title - taking the record for most championships solo in 2021.

But this underestimates several important factors in Hamilton's case - it's worth recalling that late last season he said he'd "earned the right or the position so far to be able to stay for a decent amount of time" ahead with Mercedes - and when taking these into account a new narrative emerges. It's also one that could yet defy an age-old expectation.

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