Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton
suggested in a recent interview there is a possibility he won't be in F1
at the age of 40.
Lewis Hamilton is currently the second oldest driver on the grid
, right after Fernando Alonso
. The seven-time World Champion turned 39 on January 11th.
A few years ago, the Mercedes driver stated he no longer wanted to compete in Formula One once he turned 40. Put this statement to him in a recent interview, he told formule1.nl
"And that is still possible. I have no set plan for the future. I still feel fit and still enjoy what I do. I have now learned that you should never say 'never' in life."
While the seven-time World Champion claims it is still possible, he won't race in 40. He is 39 at the moment, and his current contract with Mercedes lasts until the end of the season 2025.
The Mercedes driver will turn 40 before his contract with Mercedes expires. Does it mean Hamilton has an option to step away and end the contract whenever he wants?
The 39-year-old even lately admitted he might consider a short break from F1 and then return if he feels like it
. On the other hand, Hamilton seems to be motivated more than ever before to get back on the top of the podium.
"I never thought that after such a long time in Formula 1 I would still feel the same love for the sport. It is a love-hate relationship, at times you love it more than at others. I think there comes a point when you've had enough. But the love is still there."
The main thing for the Mercedes driver at the moment is to see whether his team can deliver him a somewhat competitive car over the course of the next two seasons.
Mercedes has been promising significant changes to their new car for quite a while, and we will see it for the first time on the 14th of February
. Could this be the car that allows Hamilton to get his eighth title?