Lewis Hamilton has a four-word retirement answer as Wolff’s ‘insurance driver’ emerges | F1 | sport
Lewis Hamilton has hit back at claims his F1 career is over as Nyck de Vries could replace him at Mercedes if he steps away from the sport early. Hamilton has struggled to find the rhythm this season as Mercedes is the third fastest car on the grid.
The seven-time champion also struggled to match new teammate George Russell in the first seven races. Mercedes’ poor form has left many wondering about Hamilton’s future in the sport, with a record eighth world title more or less out of the question this year.
However, ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton gave a simple world four answer to doubters when asked how long he wanted to stay in the sport.
When asked if he would continue until the age of 40 Corriere Della Ser, he simply replied, “Why should I stop?” The 37-year-old also said on his future: “Look at this season: I probably won’t win the title, but I feel the same pleasure to compete as when I started. Maybe one day I won’t be able to win the title anymore. take more pressure, I’ll be tired, but that day hasn’t come yet”
Hamilton has already addressed retirement rumors on several occasions this season.
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At Imola, Hamilton posted a cryptic message on social media saying he would decide when his ‘masterpiece’ was finished. The Mercedes star even admitted it was not in his DNA to give up in difficult circumstances.
He explained: “I have been with Mercedes since I was 13 years old. We had amazing times together. We went through the ups and downs together. I am 100% committed to this team. There’s nowhere else I want to be. Just because we’ve been through a tough time, it’s just not in my DNA to back down.”
This week questions over Hamilton’s future intensified after former World Touring Car star Tom Coronel claimed Mercedes had an ‘insurance driver’ in place. He believes former Formula E champion and Mercedes reserve driver de Vries would take Hamilton’s place if the Briton walks away.
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Speaking to RacingNews365, Coronel said: “If Lewis Hamilton stops, Nyck de Vries will get the seat. Do you know why? As I’ve been saying for a year, Nyck is Toto’s insurance policy Wolf.”
Last month, former F1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve also weighed in on the argument, wondering if Hamilton will be at Mercedes at the end of the season. Writing for Formula1.de, he said: “Will Hamilton still be here in two, three years? Will he even make it to the end of this season?
“You can’t see inside someone’s head. You may be down and depressed or you may be unable to handle not winning anymore. So maybe it’s time to decide that life is better without running.