Lewis Hamilton has opened up on when he may retire from Formula 1 after the seven-time champion penned a new two-year deal with Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton has given a fresh insight on when he plans to retire from F1.
The Briton opened up on stepping away from the sport and how he will know when it is time to do so.
The motorsport legend admitted he ‘often’ thinks about when he will retire from F1, but he is determined to achieve as much as he possibly can before that day arrives.
“That thought often happens to me. It’s like a wave,” he revealed.
“It comes and goes, there have been many occasions in the last four or five years when I didn’t know if I still wanted to try, sacrifice myself with training at the expense of personal life.
“There are other things I like to do. So many things I would like to try. But on the other hand I tell myself that I am so lucky to be doing this job.”
Hamilton continued: “In a rather long period of time, the career in the car becomes only a small part, there is a lot of time to retire. It is a question of finding the balance.
“I tell myself that if I am still hungry and I train like I was a boy, which I am doing, and if I still get great results… [but] if I find myself slower, lacking strength to train, and unmotivated, then I’ll know it’s time to stop.”
The reigning and defending F1 World Champion has put together a glittering career and is without doubt the most successful driver in the history of the sport.
Hamilton signed a new two-year deal with Mercedes this summer and will line up alongside new partner George Russell from next season.
Prior to his current stint with the Silver Arrows, Hamilton spent the first six seasons of his F1 career with McLaren, but he has never driven for the legendary team of Ferrari.
The 36-year-old commented on how he came close to joining the iconic team after talks with chairman John Elkann in 2019.
“For many years, when I came to Monza, walking next to the fans… I could hear them saying “Come to Ferrari!”‘ he told Sky Sport Italia .
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“This warmed my heart, but it’s pretty amazing that I’ve never driven for Ferrari in so many years. Because it is a dream for anyone, a goal to be achieved.”
He added: “It has never really been possible and I will never quite know exactly why. I wish them the best and in my near future I will continue to prevent them from winning the world championship.
“I’ve seen photos of their drivers and red is always red. I have a couple of Ferraris at home. I can drive those, but not the Ferrari F1.”
Hamilton claimed his 100th F1 race victory after winning a rain-affected Russian Grand Prix on Sunday.
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Fellow Brit Lando Norris looked set to claim the first win of his burgeoning career in the sport in Sochi, after qualifying on pole and leading for much of the race.
But a gut decision backfired as the 21-year-old saw his name up in lights with only a few laps to go, and made the call to stick with his slick tyres despite the wave of rain which had swept in off the Black Sea.
Hamilton now has a two point lead over Verstappen in the Driver’s Championship and the pair’s enthralling tussle for the title will continue at the Turkish Grand Prix next weekend.