Hamilton: “It’s gonna be really, really hard when I’ve stopped racing”

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Lewis Hamilton says when he stops racing “there’ll be a big hole” in his life, but he has “no doubt that me and my dad will always have to go to the go-kart track”.

During his appearance of the Jay Shetty’s On Purpose Podcast, Lewis Hamilton talked about his retirement, and the impact he thinks it will have on him.

“I love doing what I do,” the Briton said.

“It’s gonna be really, really hard when I’ve stopped racing. I’ve been racing 30 years. When you start [thinking]: ‘what’s going to match that?’

“Nothing’s going to ever probably match being in the stadium or being at the race and being at the pinnacle of the sport, being at the front of the grid or coming through the grid, that emotion that I get there.

“When I do stop, there’ll be a big hole.”

However, Lewis added he already has a lot of interests and projects outside the sport, and they will keep him busy once he hangs up his helmet.

“I think when I’ve spoken to other athletes, if we focus so much on that: being the best you can be in that one thing that the other things that you also love, everything [else] falls away.

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“How can you compartmentalise staying in the zone and the focus lane, but also building up some of those other skills and discovering other passions?

“I’ve spoken to some people that are active and retired, a lot of them say, particularly when they retired, that everything kind of fell apart, everything fell to the ground.

“They had nothing to back it up with and then they discovered what they’re doing next. They go through this emotional journey of discovery, but it takes time.

“So I’m trying to learn from those things, and applying them [to] find the other things that I’m passionate about.

“So I generally feel today that I have lots of things in the pipeline, that when I do stop I’m going to be so grateful that I have something better that I’m moving on to.

“But I have no doubt that me and my dad will always have to go to the go-kart track, because I’m always going to be competitive.

“Yeah, that’s literally a string in my DNA that’s just never going to shift. I’m competitive at everything,” Hamilton concluded.

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