Lewis Hamilton says eighth F1 title is not a “stop signal” for him

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Lewis Hamilton says he never said he will stop racing in Formula 1 after he wins his eighth world title, but he’ll “only know that when I actually get there”.

In an interview with BLICK, Lewis Hamilton was asked if he could become one of the drivers who retires from Formula 1 only to return a few years later.

This happened in the past most prominently with Michael Schumacher and Fernando Alonso, but Lewis says it won’t be the case with him.

“That won’t happen to me,” the Briton said.

“When the chapter is over, it’s over. I can’t imagine standing in the paddock or garage without then getting into a car. But as I said before, never say never.”

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Asked if he might retire after winning his eighth F1 title, Lewis said:

“I never said that the eighth title was a stop signal for me. But I’ll only know that when I actually get there.”

When it was suggested to him that it will depend on now Mercedes’ 2024 car will turn out, he said:

“That’s what they say – without a great car you can hardly achieve the big goals in Formula 1.

“No one can,” Hamilton concluded.

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