Lewis Hamilton’s comments on retirement have surfaced after Bernie Ecclestone’s prediction on his future in F1.
Hamilton lost out on a record-breaking eighth world title in highly controversial circumstances. The result saw him very disillusioned, with his silence after the race very concerning.
The situation got so bad that there were genuine rumours of the seven-time champion retiring from the sport altogether. Among those who tipped him to say goodbye to the sport was the former F1 supremo.
Ecclestone had said at the time that Hamilton would not return to make things right.
The 91-year-old said at the time, “I don’t know (what is happening with Hamilton), but I don’t think he’s coming back.
“His disappointment is too big. And you can somehow understand it. Now it would be time to tackle his dream of becoming a fashion entrepreneur with seven World Cup titles like Michael Schumacher.”
Stick or twist?
Hamilton’s comments have surfaced after Ecclestone’s prediction on his future in F1, and they seem to reveal his stance on the concept of retirement.
“I still want to continue to race, but I don’t know how much longer it will be,” he said, as quoted by express.co.uk.
“It’s definitely not going to be a long time before I stop, so this is a period of time where I’ve got to slowly work out what the future holds.
“The thought of retirement has crossed my mind. It’s like a wave. 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.
“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.
“I tell myself that if I am still hungry and I train like I was a boy, which I am doing, and if I still get great results and I’m still hungry. If I find myself slower, lacking strength to train, and unmotivated, then I’ll know it’s time to stop,” he concluded.