Brit has admitted he is unsure whether he will be driving in the sport again with a potential career change on the horizon
LEWIS HAMILTON stormed to victory in the British Grand Prix — and then gave the biggest hint yet that he could QUIT Formula One after this season.
Hamilton’s former team-mate, Nico Rosberg, stunned the sport by announcing his decision to retire after winning the title last season, despite having 12 months to run on his contract.
And now Hamilton has revealed he could follow Rosberg out of the door – depending how he feels at the end of this season.
He said: “In life you don’t know what is going to happen. Right now I love driving and then in six months, you could say… it’s unlikely because I will always like driving and doing crazy stuff – but I am just saying, you can’t say what frame of mind I will be in at Christmas time.
“Hopefully, it will be really good with a fourth title. Even getting another championship, it won’t be a case of now it is time hang up my gloves.
“I will always want to get more, even when I do stop. I will have something inside me to make me want to win more.”
The Brit still has 18 months left to run on his current deal but has made no secret that he is already planning for a life outside of the sport.
The 32-year-old has expressed his interest in having a career in acting, music and fashion in recent months.
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If he were to quit, it would be a hammer blow to not only his Mercedes team but also Formula One as a whole.
Hamilton comfortably enjoys the largest following in the sport and raises F1’s profile across the globe.
His failure to attend a flagship parade in London last week was met with criticism from F1’s owners, Liberty Media, who wanted to use Hamilton’s brand as a way to attract new fans.
For the time being at least, he says he is enjoying his spell in F1 after slicing championship leader, Sebastian Vettel’s advantage to just one point.
He added: “I am loving racing. I do feel that within myself I am driving better than I have ever driven.
“I know I have said that in the past perhaps with less conviction but right now I am at my best and I want to stay there
“I prepare myself the best I can and no one else knows how I can prepare myself.
“There is no one else can do it. There is no advice or guidance that can infiltrate that world.”
Meanwhile Mercedes boss Toto Wolff is confident that Hamilton will stay with the team in 2018 – despite suggestions the three-time world champion was unhappy the Austrian took part in Vettel’s 30th birthday celebrations.
Wolff is hoping Hamilton honours his 18 month contract with Mercedes – worth around £45million – however, that never stopped Rosberg bailing out at the top.
He said: “We are having a really good relationship and talking about the future, albeit this is a very tough championship so we are concentrating on the weekends.
“Lewis is very much linked to Mercedes, and we love him as a driver, and I think the same for us is valid for him, we are going to try to find an agreement for the future.
“Lewis has said was that he’s a Ferrari fan like we all are, and it’s a team every driver dreams to drive for. Full stop.
“He’s in a very good place, he drives the fastest car at the moment and that’s a Mercedes. We have a contract that goes for one and a half more years and we have the best dynamic in the team, so all the talk outside has zero relevance for me.”