‘I Sincerely Hope’ Not to End Up Like Alonso or Raikkonen: Hamilton

Published 06/14/2021, 4:37 AM 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


It is a fact that Lewis Hamilton is getting old. However, the 36-year-old driver doesn’t plan to stay in the sport as long as his colleagues, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen, two drivers in their 40s.

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The seven-time world champion wants to explore different areas of life. It should be noted that Hamilton has his hands in music, fashion, environmental activism, and even owns a motorsport team in Extreme E, X44.

Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have the urge to replicate Alonso or Raikkonen in F1

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In an exclusive interview, with Corriere Della Serra Lewis said, “I sincerely hope not to rush at 40. There are so many things I want to do that it would be difficult. But in life, evolution is so rapid that it blows you away. For example, I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I am having fun this season.”

(Quotes have been translated via Google Translate)

Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

The Mercedes driver is yet to extend his contract with the team for the 2022 season. Many believe if Hamilton will step away from the world of Formula One if he claims his eighth world title this season.

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Hamilton gives his thoughts on his rivalry with Max

Hamilton and Max have pushed each other to limit so far, but it’s the Dutchman who is currently on top. While the Red Bull prodigy leads the championship, Hamilton believes that his rivalry with Verstappen doesn’t challenge him but finding ways to improve himself does.

He said, “I don’t think it’s for Max or anyone else. The reason is that every day I discover new things about myself. With the pandemic lockdowns, I have had more time to refine my talent, body and mind.”

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Formula One F1 – Formula One – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 3, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Francois Nel

“I always compete against myself. I think about how to fight, I look at how I was last year and how to overcome a seven-time world champion,” he explained.

With just the sixth round of the championship crossed off for now. Who you think will claim the title at the end of the season, will it be the Red Bull prodigy or Britain’s Knight? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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