“That’s the Million-Dollar Question” – Lewis Hamilton’s Admission Amid F1 Retirement Rumours

Published 12/21/2021, 8:40 AM EST
Formula One F1- Saudi Arabian Grand Prix – Jeddah Corniche Circuit, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia – December 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton is seen as the session is temporarily stopped Pool via REUTERS/Andrej Isakovic


Lewis Hamilton is regarded as one of the best F1 drivers of all time. He has almost every single record in the sport to his name. He recently lost a chance to become the out-and-out record holder for most successful driver ever by winning his eighth world championship. The Mercedes driver has two more years in F1 to get that record.

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But it seems that the Brit is not too concerned about the 8th world championship. Hamilton mentioned he is right now at that point in his life where he would like to see others succeed.

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Lewis Hamilton sheds light on how he approaches his career now

As reported by ExpressUK, the Brit mentioned that earlier in his career he was too focused on winning and training. But now he sees the bigger picture and has a different feel towards things.

“When I was younger, all I could think about was training and winning and being the best I could be. Now, I have a different feel,” said Hamilton.

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 9, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed

When asked how is he still motivated to win after all these years, Lewis replied, “That’s the million-dollar question, really. Yes, I want to win but I’m in a place where I really want to see everyone succeed.” 

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Lewis mentioned that his role as an F1 driver has changed and now he wants to bring the change to the F1 grid. “I was like, ‘I don’t want to be a driver that you hire and it’s kind of service relationship. I don’t want to just make you guys successful in the race.

‘”How can we be impactful and help people?’ Now, with the commission’s findings, we can see some of the reasons racing lacks diversity and we’re working together as a sport to create a better pipeline. And as a team, we’re leading the effort.” said Lewis.

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It would be interesting to how the 7-time world champion reacts in the 2022 season. For the first time since 2016, he is not the world champion and the main man in the sport. It would be fascinating to see him hunt down Max Verstappen next season.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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