Jenson Button says “as a racing driver, if you’ve been winning for so long and then you’re suddenly not, you want to fight back to winning, so you’re not going to retire”.
Lewis Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes will expire at the end of this year. With a contract extension yet to be signed, many are speculating about Lewis’ future.
2009 F1 champion Jenson Button says he believes his former team-mate is still as driven as ever.
“I don’t think Lewis is going to walk away from the sport,” the Briton told Sky Sports.
“As a racing driver, if you’ve been winning for so long and then you’re suddenly not, you want to fight back to winning, so you’re not going to retire.
“Or, to come at it another way, if you’re in a bad car for many years, you want to retire, because it just gets you down.
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“But Lewis is not in a bad car, he’s just in a car that is not as good as what he is used to.
“He knows the strength of the team, he knows how quick he is still and they’re going to work together to get back to fighting with Red Bull.
“And I think they will. It probably won’t be this year, but in 2024, I think we see Lewis on the grid.
“He’s still hungry to win another world championship,” Button concluded.