Lewis Hamilton’s Lifestyle Will Prevent Him From Retiring, Claims Former F1 Driver

Published 02/14/2021, 3:53 PM 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)


Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have extended their partnership for a year till the end of 2021. While Lewis Hamilton will focus on winning his eighth championship, others are speculating on what will happen after the season ends.

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Some believe that the Briton will win his eighth championship and look at a possible retirement in 2022. However, others believe that Hamilton will continue to race post-2021 as well.

In a recent De Telegraaf F1 podcast, a former F1 driver, Christijan Albers, explained why Hamilton will not leave F1 anytime soon.

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2018 FORMULA 1 SINGAPORE AIRLINES SINGAPORE GRAND PRIX (13 September 2018) – Zone 1 – Paddock Club – Drivers’ Autograph Session Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton Singapore Grand Prix via Reuters Plus

“You can see that he often goes to America to hang out with the stars. He wants to maintain that lifestyle, so he will definitely continue in Formula 1. If I left the sport, I think I would end up in a ‘black hole’ pretty quickly,” said Albers.

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Lewis Hamilton is still in his element, claims Albers

The Mercedes driver has won the most (7) world championship and shares the record with Michael Schumacher. He is arguably one of the greatest drivers in the sport’s history. Albers also claims that Hamilton still has the skill, talent, and momentum to keep on winning.

“Lewis won’t stop for now, he’s still in his element. Sometimes he talks about how he might retire, but he really enjoys the sport. He really likes the show and wants to level up.”

SHANGHAI, CHINA: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)

“So I don’t really see him stopping, not even next year. He feels at home in this world, where he also deals with the best artists in the world,” he explained.

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Hamilton is going for the eighth world title this season. Reportedly, the Briton was also looking for a one year contract to evaluate his position and options at the end of the year. With the value he brings to F1, the sport would rather not have him retire.

If he wants to race, there’s nothing stopping him. However, if the motivation is not there anymore, he wouldn’t continue his racing career.

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Ayush Manjunath

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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