‘If There’s Ever a Day That That Doesn’t Happen…’ – Lewis Hamilton Reveals When He’ll ‘Move On’ From F1

Published 01/27/2021, 2:02 AM EST
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Sir Lewis Hamilton has been the talk of the town over the past couple of months, with Mercedes holding up his contract announcement as long as possible. The days are numbered, and it looks like the internal talks are never-ending.

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Although the odds of the knight bowing out of F1 are quite low at the moment, Lewis hinted at what might cause his potential exit from the sport in the future.

How Lewis could sense his end in F1

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During a podcast, Lewis Hamilton opened up about what might push him towards hitting the ‘retirement’ button. Apparently, it’s the smile on his face. He mentioned that the moment that smile fades away is the moment he’ll call it a day.

Yes, it’s a competitive space that I’m in. But damn, I get in that car and put down the visor and the team start up the car and I leave the garage, I have the biggest smile,” he said while featuring in ‘A Formula for Success‘ podcast.

Even today, after all these years of racing. And, if there’s ever a day that doesn’t happen and I don’t get that smile, then I know that there’s kind of it’s done. I need to move onto something else.”

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

Lewis has had a strong run so far with Mercedes, and it looks like the Silver Arrows are not really fed up with Lewis in the team. It is just the substantial rise in his price tag that is halting the team from securing the deal.

However, it looks like the announcement of Lewis extending his stay is just days away. Hence, Lewis’s smile on his face is not fading away anytime soon.

You have to enjoy what you’re doing: Lewis Hamilton

The seven-time world champion opened up that he is looking to enjoy every moment of his life.

For me personally, I think, you know, you’ve got to find what you are passionate about, you love doing. In the journey, there was a point it just got too serious. And you know, we only have one life,” Lewis said.

You have to enjoy what you’re doing. You’ve got to find happiness every day in what you’re doing. That’s been really important for me to really be able to live in the moment.”

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Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on before the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

If at all Lewis gets kicked out of F1, it looks like he might not be walking around the sport, pursuing any kinds of senior roles. With his interest in music strengthening, he might be looking to kick-start his career in music, soon after retiring from F1.

If not music, the knight might jump full time into managing his newly introduced Extreme E racing team, X44. But let’s hear it from you. Where do you think Lewis might end up after bidding adieu to Formula 1?

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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