Following Sebastian Vettel’s announcement that he will retire from F1 at the end of 2022, it will leave only Hamilton and Fernando Alonso as the oldest generation of drivers on the grid next season.
Hamilton, whose current Mercedes F1 contract expires at the end of 2023, has repeatedly said he has no intention of retiring at the end of next season as the 37-year-old feels he still has more to achieve both on and off the field. of track
While Hamilton is focused on fighting for world titles with Mercedes, he also remains committed to leading F1’s drive for diversity and inclusion through his charitable foundation Mission 44, so he doesn’t feel the need to consider retirement with multiple motivations to continue.
“I think it’s a reminder that I’m at that part of my career where the people I’ve raced and competed with for so long will start to stop,” Hamilton said after Vettel’s retirement announcement in Hungary.
“Before you know it, Fernando won’t be here. And then, who was next? I will be the greatest I guess! But no, it didn’t make me think about that [retirement].
“I’m thinking about how I can improve this car. I’m thinking about what steps I need to take to get this team back to winning ways, what’s the road map to winning another world championship?
“What are the steps that we need to take to get everyone aligned in this sport to do more to really start to reflect the work that we’re trying to do in terms of diversity? I’m thinking about all these things.
“When I talk about the fuel left in the tank, I’m still fighting for these things and I still feel like I have a lot to do.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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However, Hamilton believes he will no longer be racing in F1 when he has lost the motivation to continue, but he does not expect that time to come anytime soon.
“If I stop, I’ll still have fuel in the tank,” he said. “I don’t think I’ll go there until it’s completely burned and I have nothing left. But hopefully it will be a break.”
Hamilton also credited Vettel for his activism work in highlighting environmental issues and humanitarian efforts while in F1 and hopes the series can continue what the German driver has driven.
“The work that I’ve tried to do, what Seb has been trying to do here, really ignited the conversation, to leave the place a better sport than it was when we found it,” Hamilton said.
“And I think Seb has played a very important role in this and there is still a lot of work to be done, which I don’t know if Seb will do more work, he will continue to work in the background with the sport. or not
“I doubt he’ll come back and comment, but you never know. But I hope he’s in a better place. It would have been a terrible waste of time if he wasn’t.”
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