Lewis Hamilton will be eager to keep racing while he is at his best in an opposite decision from Michael Schumacher.
Hamilton won his seventh world championship this season, equalling Ferrari legend Schumacher’s tally.
The German initially hung up his racing gloves in 2006 having not won the title for two seasons, though still managed eight wins across those campaigns.
He returned in 2010 for three years though managed just one podium finish with some arguing he tarnished his own reputation by coming back.
Hamilton has said he is “not fazed by retiring” though will surely not want to feel the urge to scratch an itch by returning like Schumacher.
The German had retired at 37 before making his way back into the F1 car at the age of 41.
Hamilton is currently 35 and will surely be odds on to win another championship next season.
And he may feel content should he beat Schumacher’s tally and lift his eight world title.
Hamilton recently said on his future: “I won’t allow my performance level to drop. I’ve got to figure out how I can continue to incrementally improve and that’s not easy at all.
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“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.
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“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.”
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