Lewis Hamilton says there have been “plenty of times” when he questioned whether he wants to continue racing “over the last four or five years”.
In an interview with Sky Sports Italia Lewis Hamilton was asked if he ever thought about retiring from Formula 1 throughout his years of success.
“That thought often happens to me. It comes in waves,“ said the Briton.
“There are definitely plenty of times I’ve had over the last four or five years that I’ve been like ‘I don’t know if I want to keep giving or sacrificing, the training, at the expense of my personal life’.
“There are other things I’d like to do. Normal stuff I want to do, but then on the other side, I’m like ‘Wow! I’m so fortunate I get to do this job’.
“In the bigger scheme of things, it’s a little bit of your life. There is a long, long time retired. I’m trying to find a good balance.
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“I’m like, if I’m still hungry, I can still train myself like I did as a kid, as I do now, and still achieve great results, if I’m still hungry…
“If I start getting slower and I can’t be bothered to train and I’m not as driven then I know that’s when I need to stop.”
Lewis also gave his comments on new younger drivers coming up.
“There are exceptional talents in the new generation. Yes, I am much older … They are not afraid of anything, [but] I am in great shape, I like to watch them drive.
“I hope that I will still be able to deserve my place here, to be able to respond to them in the most effective way possible.
“I am focused on this,” concluded the seven-time champion.