Lewis Hamilton has revealed that despite rumours circulating of him retiring from F1, he won’t be going anywhere for the time being, but with the 7-time world champion turning 40 in the next few years, he has admitted that he may get tired one day.
The Mercedes driver is contracted with the team until the end of 2023, but with the team’s performance being questionable so far this season with the W13 struggling with porpoising, many have wondered whether he could decide to either leave the sport, or even think about moving to another team.
Hamilton hasn’t had the best year after his 2021 victory was torn away from him as Max Verstappen took the title. This has now been followed by a 2022 season of Hamilton struggling to even match his teammate’s pace. He currently sits 34 points behind George Russell, and sixth in the Driver Standings, with a total of 75 points between him and leader Verstappen.
Despite this, Hamilton has stayed adamant that while Mercedes is finding these new 2022 regulations difficult, he’s not yet “tired” of racing, but is keeping an open mind.
“Tough question!” he said after being asked whether he would still be racing at 40.
“Let’s take this season – I probably won’t win the title, but I feel the same pleasure in racing as when I started. Why should I stop?
“Maybe one day I will not be able to take the pressure anymore, I’ll be tired, but that day has not yet come.”
The idea of Hamilton winning the 2022 tittle is slowly dwindling as Mercedes is yet to find a fix for their issues. The Spanish Grand Prix instilled some hope in fans of the Silver Arrows as they showed improvement, but this was followed by a Monaco GP where once again, Hamilton wasn’t showing the pace he wanted.
He was asked if he believes he’d be world champion once again:
“Of course I believe that,” Hamilton answered.
“I’ve been with these guys (Mercedes) for 10 years. I know how they work and the type of culture – no trials, we win and lose together.
“They are highly motivated. They give their souls to bring us back to the top.”