Lewis Hamilton discusses quitting F1 as contract saga continues

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Lewis Hamilton says he will walk away from F1 as soon as he stops smiling while racing. The Brit is locked in contract talks with Mercedes for the 2021 campaign and he has no desire to leave the sport just yet.

Hamilton is technically unemployed after his most recent contract came to an end last year.

The seven-time world champion has been negotiating an extension with Mercedes but there are a number of conditions holding up the deal.

It is thought the 36-year-old is demanding his £40million-a-year salary remains the same, while the Silver Arrows looking to cut costs.

Both parties are confident that a deal will be agreed before pre-season testing begins next month.

There are no other seats available for Hamilton to take should he not sign on the dotted line.

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Hamilton could take a year out of F1 but his recent comments suggest he will not quit the sport until his happiness fades away.

“You’ve got to find what you’re passionate about and what you love doing, and me personally, in my journey, there was a point where it just got too serious,” Hamilton told the Formula for Success podcast.

“We only have one life. You have to enjoy what you’re doing. You’ve got to find happiness every day in what you are doing and I think that has been really important for me to be able to live in the moment.

“Yes, it’s a competitive space that I’m in, but damn when I get in that car and put down the visor and the team start up the car and I leave the garage, I have the biggest smile. Even today, after all these years of racing.


“If there’s ever a day that that doesn’t happen, I don’t get that smile, I know that it’s done and I need to move on to something else.

“But it doesn’t mean, just because you’re good at one thing, and you’re successful at one thing, it doesn’t mean you can’t have also other thing that also add to that. So I try to find other things that I’m passionate about.”

Hamilton is expected to pull away into a league of his own this season by claiming an eighth Drivers’ Championship which would take him one ahead of Michael Schumacher.

The Stevenage-born star is idolised by many but he never comprehended that he would be such a role model.

“As I’ve gone along in my career – I never thought I’d have people following me – I realise the importance to people of what I’m doing,” he said.

“Yes, I love getting up and working with my team towards a common goal.

“You know, being a part of a team, to kind of be the finishing touch or the catalyst to getting success with the team, that’s super exciting.

“But it’s the idea also that there’s probably a young kid watching me realising that it’s also possible. That’s super exciting for me.”

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