F1 Legend Fears Lewis Hamilton Has Enough Reasons to Retire After a Colossal Blow in Abu Dhabi

Published 01/13/2022, 5:09 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili


Former F1 driver and multiple-time world champion Alain Prost recently dropped a huge Lewis Hamilton claim. The Frenchman believes Hamilton has equal reasons to bow out of his seat as he has to stay out there.

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Lewis Hamilton has been away from the social media glare since the colossal blow in Abu Dhabi. He looked furious over developments during the Safety car period, even calling the race “manipulated”.

Hamilton, along with team boss Toto Wolff, skipped the FIA prize-giving gala held in Paris as a sign of protest. There has been a lot of discussion about Hamilton’s future with the sport but nothing concrete has come out yet.

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Former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone hinted that the Mercedes driver might not come back after the heartbreaking loss in Abu Dhabi. Moreover, team boss Toto Wolff, who has been very vocal about his criticism of the racing committee, also dropped a few insinuations about Hamilton’s retirement.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship REUTERS/Ahmed Jadallah

Alain Prost says it would be “sad” if Lewis Hamilton retires

Prost is one of the biggest names to have donned the F1 outfit ever. 51 GP wins, 106 podium finishes, and 4 world championships. His rivalry with Brazilian star Ayrton Senna back in the late 80s and early 90s remains one of the fiercest this sport has ever seen. Moreover, many believe the 2021 F1 rivalry between Hamilton and Verstappen had reminiscences of the classic Prost-Senna battle.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 14: Alain Prost, Special Advisor to Renault Sport F1 looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Australia at Melbourne Grand Prix Circuit on March 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

In a recent interview reported by Formule1, Prost entered the conversation on Hamilton’s return/retirement. While he is optimistic about the Briton’s return, Prost agrees he has enough reasons to not continue in F1. “It’s hard to put yourself in his shoes,” said Prost.

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“He probably has as many reasons to quit as he does to keep going. It’s 50-50. He got a big blow, but it would be really sad if he wasn’t here this season.”

“I want to stay optimistic because there is still an eighth title that he can go for. In addition, there is a new technical regulation, with perhaps three teams at the top and four or five drivers competing for the title. It’s a challenge that Hamilton might want to take on,” said Prost.

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However, fans are waiting to see their favorite driver back on the grid in the F1 cockpit. It’s less than a month before the drivers start with the winter testing of 2022 cars. What are your expectations for the 2022 F1 season?

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Rituraj Tripathi

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Rituraj Tripathi is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. A true lover of speed, he is big fan of Lewis Hamilton and finds a future world champion in Lando Norris. Rituraj eagerly looks forward to the paddock moving to the Circuit de Monaco, and he finds Portier corner as the most exciting part of the track.

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