Ecclestone ‘Realized’ Lewis Hamilton is Retiring from F1 Amid Talks With His Father Anthony

Published 12/24/2021, 4:30 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed


Recently, Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff suggested that a ‘disillusioned’ Lewis Hamilton may not continue in Formula 1, that he might retire. And now Bernie Ecclestone has made a huge claim about Hamilton’s future.

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In a recent interview, Ecclestone claimed that he had spoken with Anthony Hamilton and “realized immediately that he did not want to talk about his son’s future.” 

“I think he is retiring, that he will not race next year. His disappointment in Abu Dhabi was too great, and I understand him,” Ecclestone claimed.

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But the former executive of F1 then went on to suggest that now that the Briton is tied with Michael Schumacher with seven titles, it’s the perfect moment for him to fulfill his dream.

And that dream of Hamilton’s, in Ecclestone’s eyes, is of being a fashion entrepreneur.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Brazilian Grand Prix REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

Bernie Ecclestone’s comments are sure to add more wind to the already raging fire surrounding Hamilton’s Formula 1 future. But the bit about Lewis’ dreams outside of F1 can be interpreted as a dig at Hamilton’s personal style and off-track life.

And this isn’t the first time Ecclestone has commented on Hamilton’s off-track achievements.

Ecclestone claims Lewis Hamilton didn’t deserve the knighthood

After the disappointing and crushing result of Abu Dhabi, Lewis Hamilton was knighted by the Queen. The 37-year-old became one of the few names from F1 who have been bestowed upon this high honor. He was honored because of his incredible achievements and contributions to both in and out of the sport.

But Bernie Ecclestone thought otherwise.

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He said, “Only people who have really done something for the country should be knighted.”

“I don’t think many people who are knighted now really deserve it. They all make a lot of money and donate some to charity, but they haven’t done anything specific for the country.”

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The air surrounding Lewis Hamilton’s F1 career is getting hotter and hotter every passing day. While the 37-year-old is indeed edging towards the end of his career, if it came to an end now, it would leave a sour taste in everyone’s mouth, especially after what happened in Abu Dhabi.

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Shaharyar

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Shaharyar is a Formula 1 & NASCAR writer at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Journalism from Amity University, he has been a passionate follower of motorsports for better part of the decade. A Max Verstappen and Ferrari supporter, he dreams of a pairing of the two in future.

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