1996 Formula 1 champion Damon Hill says “you have to put retirement out of your mind, and hope you have the sudden realisation that this is the perfect juncture to stop”.
At 37 years old, Lewis Hamilton is definitely nearing the end of his career. However, how long he’ll continue racing is something that only he will be able to determine.
Damon Hill, who retired from Formula 1 after the 1999 season, gives his insight on this difficult decision.
“It may not be this year or next year, but the moment will come before very long,” Hill said.
“It is hard to judge when that should be. You have to put retirement out of your mind, though, and hope you have the sudden realisation that this is the perfect juncture to stop. You don’t want to be counting down the days.
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“Bernie Ecclestone, that insightful observer of the human condition, says as soon as a driver sees the red light, he should stop immediately. It’s green or red. You are in or out.”
However, Hill emphasizes that Mercedes still completely understands the value of having Lewis Hamilton in your team, which is also prompting team boss Toto Wolff to publicly announce their support of Lewis.
“Getting gooey over the new boy could be destabilising. It might make it look as if they had already moved on to a new love affair.
“Toto is making it clear that they value Lewis’s contribution to the team as much as ever,” the Briton concluded.