Hamilton says a “sabbatical” would have been reasonable, but not for him

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Lewis Hamilton says the difficult 2022 and 2023 seasons “could’ve been a good time to have taken a sabbatical”, but he wants to be “hands-on in the development and the direction the car is going”.

After his eighth championship title win was unjustly denied at 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, in 2022 Lewis Hamilton had to endure another year of difficulties, as Mercedes was unable to produce a car capable of fighting for the championship.

This continued in 2023, although the team now finally seems to be going in a more positive direction when it comes to car development.

In a recent interview with M4 Sport, Lewis said that throughout this time he never considered retirement, but he does admit taking a sabbatical is something that could have been a reasonable option.

However, he says this is also something that he didn’t even consider doing.

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“You could say this could’ve been a good time to have taken a sabbatical,” the Briton said.

“But in natural fact, I’m very hands-on. I want to be hands-on in the development and the direction the car is going.

“I know what I need in a car and I know how to work with the team in order to get there.

“So you just have to work through it,” Hamilton concluded.

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