Hamilton Reveals the Age at Which He Hopes To Stop Racing in F1

Published 06/16/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


Lewis Hamilton is arguably one of the best drivers to step foot in Formula One. The 36-year-old is competing in his 15th season in F1, where he is gunning for his 8th world title.

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Although he is one of the older drivers on the grid, the Briton’s ability to maintain a high level of performance is remarkable. Ahead of the French Grand Prix, Hamilton reveals when he would want to stop racing, while keeping the option of racing next season open.

Lewis Hamilton hopes he is not racing when he turns 40 years old

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With seven F1 championships, Hamilton is looking to create history this season by winning his 8th world title. Should he win the title this season, he will stand alone as the driver with the most F1 world championships, leaving Michael Schumacher second with seven.

Although the Briton has dominated the sport over the past few years, Max Verstappen looks more threatening than ever this season. This season could mark Hamilton’s greatest title challenge in his career should Verstappen keep up till the end.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Recently, Hamilton admitted to hoping he won’t be racing when he turns 40. He believes he wants to do a lot at that age, which won’t happen if he’s still racing. The Briton said, “To be honest, I hope that I won’t be racing when I’m 40. There are so many things I want to do that it would be difficult.” (Quotes translated by Google)

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Although Hamilton has three race wins this season, he trails Verstappen by four points in the driver’s championship. Despite his recent struggles in Monaco and Baku, the Briton admits he didn’t expect the season to be as exciting as it is.

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In addition, he also believes seasons like this make him want to stay in F1. “Life develops so quickly that it can surprise you. For example, I did not expect that I would have as much fun as I have this season,” said the 36-year-old.

Despite Mercedes‘ recent struggles, Hamilton remains within range of Verstappen. Should the Briton take his third win in Le Castellet on June 20, he will reclaim the championship lead from the Dutchman. Can the defending world champion add to his impressive track record in the French Grand Prix this Sunday?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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