Lewis Hamilton has doubts over his F1 future because he can do ‘anything he wants’ moving forward.
The 35-year-old’s current contract with Mercedes runs until the end of the year, and he is set to put pen to paper on a contract extension worth £120m after matching Michael Schumacher’s seven world titles.
However, Hamilton has also stated that he knows his future is uncertain, adding that this year has shown he can do whatever he wants going forward – which could include retirement.
Not only does Hamilton have a passion for music, but he also released a clothing line with Tommy Hilfiger in 2018 before spending time supporting Black Lives Matter and fighting Bahrain’s human rights abuses.
“I won’t allow my performance level to drop,” Hamilton has now told The Race.
“I’ve got to figure out how I can continue to incrementally improve and that’s not easy at all.
“I think the great thing that Formula 1 has given me, and this platform has given me, is I pretty much can do anything I want moving forwards.
“But what’s been shown this year and what you see is I do really care about pushing for change for people.
“If I can really utilise my voice and my time here to have a really positive impact, how big or small that positive impact is depends how much I work and how hard I go at it, whilst being able to do what I do racing.
“When I stop this, I’m not fazed by retiring. I speak to a lot of people and they say ‘You’re a long time retired’ and I’m aware of that.
“I don’t want to do it too early and I don’t want to do it too late that you’re on a bad curve and you’re going downhill. I don’t want that to happen.”
Hamilton then added of his admirable desire to force postive change in the world: “I can’t change everything and I’m only one person. It’s gonna take all of us uniting to make things happen.
“It’s trying to find the best way. It’s creating allies, it’s not creating enemies.
"I think this year I’ve learned a lot in terms of how to apply my voice, whether at the beginning it was maybe a little bit publicly, and then understanding more efficient ways of working in the background to really get further along.
“But it can’t all be just me. It’s going to take even yourselves [the media], making sure that it’s not all just sport that you’re commenting on. It’s other things that are also really important."
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