“I Think I Might Retire to…”: Lewis Hamilton Provides a Glimpse Into His Life After F1

Published 08/05/2022, 9:30 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 28, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton rides a scooter ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

An F1 driver spends much more time away from his home country than in it throughout the season. As such, the Mercedes star, Lewis Hamilton, finds himself in his 16th year active in the sport and accustomed to this lifestyle.

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As we know, he is a British native and has one residence in his home country. However, spending more time away from Stevenage resulted in him purchasing properties in places like Monaco as well. Yet, none of these places is where his heart may lie after retirement and he shared his dream destination following his career in F1.

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In a recent interview, the Billion Dollar Man was asked, “Do you have a particular city that inspires you?”

The Brit replied, “Definitely – but not only one! Everyone loves Paris – so do I. And Tokyo is one of my favourites. My top three: Paris, New York and Tokyo. You can take a lot of inspiration from these places.”

The interviewer followed up with, “If you were to think of settling somewhere after your F1 career, where would that be?”

The F1 veteran said, “I love the Caribbean. So most likely it would be the Caribbean. I think that life would get quite a lot slower there. But I also think about a place where, on one hand you have the hustle and bustle of a big city and then, on the other hand, you have the beach – and then immediately Los Angeles springs to mind.”

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Hamilton concluded by saying, “I think I might retire to Hawaii! Yes, it is a long way away from everything else, but I guess it would be worth it.”

Is Lewis Hamilton the next in line after Sebastian Vettel’s retirement?

The big headline in the F1 paddock is the retirement of four-time world champion, Sebastian Vettel. The German got a full-time F1 season in the same year as the Briton and has shared the track with him ever since. Notably, Vettel is two years younger than the seven-time world champion and yet retired before him.

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As a result, before the Hungarian GP, the Mercedes ace was asked a few questions surrounding retiring. However, he shut all of that down as he said, “When I talk about fuel left in the tank, I am still fighting for those things and I still feel I have plenty to go,” 

“More likely than not, if I stop, I will still have fuel left in the tank. I don’t think I’m going to go as far as completely burnt out and have nothing left, but hopefully that’s a long way off.”

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The 7 time world champion still believes he has a lot to offer to the sport and still has more than enough in the tank to compete at the highest level.

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Anish Arora

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Anish Arora is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. It is the competitive nature of the sport that not only made him an adherent follower of F1, but also inspired him to start his journey as an author for the most prestigious racing series in the world. Anish initially started writing for Formula 1 during his undergrad and now is a huge fan of the 'Silver Arrows'.

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