Lewis Hamilton Makes a Sad Revelation Amidst Consistent F1 Retirement Thoughts

Published 09/29/2021, 6:31 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Italian Grand Prix – Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Monza, Italy – September 10, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in second position for the sprint qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron


Lewis Hamilton has been a part of the Formula 1 grid for 15 years now and is all set to rise up to 17 with his recent contract extension. In these 15 years of experience, the Briton has gained a wide range of achievements, including matching Michael Schumacher’s world championship record and hitting triple figures in poles and Grand Prix wins.

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However, even for a driver as successful as Hamilton, thoughts of retirement can be a factor, considering the sacrifices they make to race in F1.

Formula One F1 – Russian Grand Prix – Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia – September 26, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with the trophy on the podium after winning the race REUTERS/Anton Vaganov

Rightfully so, the seven-time world champion affirmed that he had often had the intention of giving up on Formula 1 and rather focus on his personal life. The 36-year-old reckoned that the retirement thoughts often come and go like a wave.

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That thought often happens to me. It’s like a wave,” he said during an exclusive interview with Sky Sports. “Yes, it comes and goes.

There have been many occasions in the last four or five years when I didn’t know if I still wanted to try, sacrifice myself with training at the expense of personal life. There are other things I like to do. So many things I would like to try.” (Translated via Google Translate)

How Lewis Hamilton copes with retirement thoughts

Hamilton revealed that he would convince himself as one of the luckiest in the world to be racing in an elite sport like Formula 1. Consequently, he acknowledged that he would continue racing until he feels the hunger to train.

But on the other hand, I tell myself that I am so lucky to be doing this job. In a rather long period of time, the career in the car becomes only a small part, there is a lot of time to retire. It is a question of finding the balance,” he said.

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Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 28, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

I tell myself that if I am still hungry and I train like I was a boy, which I am doing. If I find myself slower, lacking strength to train, and unmotivated, then I’ll know it’s time to stop.

Overall, Hamilton is on course to securing his eighth world championship title this season, albeit with serious threats from his new rival, Max Verstappen.

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But, if the Briton does manage to lift the trophy this season, his records could well remain unmatched at least for the next decade. So, will this year’s title be crucial for Hamilton to attain the ‘GOAT’ status in F1?

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Rohit Kumar

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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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