Vettel’s retirement doesn’t make Hamilton reconsider his own future

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Lewis Hamilton says he is not considering retirement yet, but he doesn’t think he’ll continue to “go until I’m completely burnt out and have nothing left“.

Today Sebastian Vettel has announced his retirement at the end of the year and, naturally, as one of the oldest driver on the grid, Lewis Hamilton was asked if this announcement makes him reconsider his own future.

“It doesn’t,” Hamilton said.

“It’s a reminder that I’m in that part of my career that people that I came up with, and have raced with for so long, will start to stop.

“Before you know it, Fernando will not be here and then… who is there after that? I’ll be the oldest. But no, it’s not made me think about that.”

Lewis then went on to say he is completely focused on his short and medium term goals in Formula 1.

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“Honestly, I’m thinking about how I can improve this car. I’m thinking about what the steps are that I need to take to get this team winning again, what is the roadmap to winning another world championship.

“What are the steps that we need to have everyone aligned in this sport to do more to start truly reflecting the work that we are trying to do in terms of diversity? I’m thinking of all of those things.

“When I talk about fuel left in the tank, I’m still fighting for all of those things and I still feel I’ve got plenty to go with that. More likely than not, when I stop, I will still have fuel in the tank.

“I don’t think I will go until I’m completely burnt out and have nothing left but hopefully that’s a while off,” the Briton concluded.

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