Lewis Hamilton is seriously considering spending time in his long and shiny Formula One career at the end of the season. The world champion made the claim after Sunday’s win at the Rozgana Grand Prix in Emola on Sunday, saying he was advised to focus on “family and the like” at the age of 35.
The victory at Emole was Hamilton’s ninth of the season and went even further with Michael Schumacher’s record of seven F1 title wins as the record for winning a Formula One race has already surpassed Germany’s. The win marked the seventh consecutive builder title for Mercedes, with which Hamilton has yet to agree to a new contract. This is a source of uncertainty for the team, with team president Toto Wolf confirming on Sunday that he still plans to step down from his current position while at Mercedes next year. Hamilton and Wolfe both joined Mercedes in 2013, and when asked if Wolff’s decision would have any effect, Hamilton was blunt.
“I don’t even know if I’m coming here next year, so it’s not really a concern for me,” he said. “Toto and I have a very deep conversation, so I’m very aware of where he is emotionally and we’ve shared a lot and carried a lot of weight together. I was here a long, long time. I clearly understand that wanting to pull back a bit and give more time to family and things like this. “
This is Hamilton’s 14th edition at F1. He suggested this season that signing a new contract with Mercedes was a formality, a matter of finding time to hammer out the details. Yet no agreement has been reached yet.
“Well, we’re in November, and Christmas isn’t too far away,” he said. “I feel great, I still feel very strong, I feel like I can last for many months. There are multiple things that are at the top of my mind. I want to come here next year, but there is no guarantee of that. A lot of things inspire me for F1 afterlife, so time will tell.
Wolf admits that he can’t be sure Hamilton will run because of the situation, although he is hopeful he will. “Nothing is ever safe,” he said. “You, like Nicky Louder in the 70’s, would get up on the track one morning and say: ‘I’m not kidding anymore.’ ‘I think it could happen to anyone.