Lewis Hamilton retirement prediction made as F1 star yet to sign new Mercedes contract

F1: Hamilton knighted in New Year's Honours List

Lewis Hamilton will retire from F1 when he runs out of motivation for racing, says Motorsport UK chairman David Richards. Hamilton won his seventh world championship in 2020 to equal Michael Schumacher’s all-time record. The Brit is yet to sign a new contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season but is widely expected to do so soon.

Hamilton will be the strong favourite to win again this year once he pens his new Mercedes deal.

He turns 36 on January 7 and Richards thinks he will carry on racing as long as he has motivation for the sport.

But Richards reckons Hamilton will know when the time is right for him to retire.

Asked if he thinks Hamilton will retire if he wins an eighth world championship this year, Richards told Sky Sports News: “That’s the question for Lewis, you’d have to ask him.

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“He’s one of these characters that will carry on going as long as he’s motivated.

“The day he gets out of bed and thinks ‘I don’t want to do this anymore’, he won’t do it anymore. He’s got lots of other things that he could take up.

“He’s involved in Extreme E and I’m sure environmental racing will have a big place in the future as well.

“But it’s too early to say, I think next year is going to be another strong year for Lewis, that’s for certain.”

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Hamilton was knighted in the New Year’s honours list this week.

Richards says the achievement is great for motorsport in general and predicts a big future outside of racing for Hamilton.

“It was great for everybody,” Richards added.

“It’s good for the sport as well, not just Lewis himself, but it’s a recognition for the sport and I think we will all benefit from it, right the way through the ranks to the grassroots of the motorsport in the UK, which is so important.

“There was a lot of debate about whether he was going to get a knighthood.

“In general terms the normality of the situation is they don’t give knighthoods to sportsmen until they actually retire from the sport but Lewis transcends motorsport, transcends sport generally.

“He’s moved onto other areas where he’s a spokesman for a whole raft of things, from Black Lives Matter through to the environmental issues that he stands for now.

“So I think it’s a great vindication of his position and I think it will go past his motor racing career as well, I think you’ll see a lot of him in the future.”

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