“In the next eight months or so” – Reigning champion Lewis Hamilton has suggested he will need time until the end of the season to decide his future in F1.
Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton was asked the million-dollar question by Gazzetta dello Sport – What next after Formula 1. The Brit is a man of many talents, inside and outside the circuit. And it would make sense for him to continue in the sport in some form, something he has suggested he will.
“I could stay involved in F1 after retirement and I think I want to. But it’s hard for me to think about when I won’t be racing. The position I’m in has nothing to do with whether we are or we’re not winning the Championship. I don’t quit when the going gets tough.
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Hamilton pushed for a one-year deal
For those unaware, Hamilton and Mercedes were locked into a contract standoff before the season began. It was suggested that Mercedes pushed for a single-year deal. But here, Hamilton claims it is him who wanted the short deal. If this is true, we could well see Hamilton continuing in Mercedes next season, at the expense of Russell or Verstappen.
“I wanted a one-year deal and yes, I said to Toto [Wolff] it would be good that when we work on the future together we should talk about it much earlier than January.
“I’m fully committed to this sport. I love what I’m doing. We’re going to have a great battle one way or another and that’s what I’ve always loved.
“In the current position I’m in, I don’t feel like this is the end. Of course we’ve got these [regulation] changes that are happening next year which are exciting. I don’t feel like I’m at the end, but in the next eight months or so I’ll find out whether I’m ready to stop or not. I don’t think I will personally, but you never know.”