Hamilton will know when to call it a day

02 February 2021 22:29:14 GMTPlus10

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says he will know the time has come to quit the sport when driving no longer puts a smile on his face.

Of the current grid, only long-standing rivals Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso are older than 36-year-old Hamilton, who secured a record-equalling seventh world championship in 2020.

The Brit has yet to renew his contract with German constructor Mercedes for the upcoming season, fuelling speculation that Hamilton may opt to walk away from the sport.

However, in an interview with the Formula for Success podcast, Hamilton said that he will carry on behind the wheel until he no longer enjoys his craft, something he has yet to lose despite his lengthy career.

"We only have one life. You have to enjoy what you're doing. You've got to find happiness every day in what you are doing and I think that has been really important for me to be able to live in the moment," Hamilton said.

"Yes, it's a competitive space that I'm in, but when I get in that car and put down the visor, the team start up the car and I leave the garage, I have the biggest smile. Even today, after all these years of racing.

"If there's ever a day that that doesn't happen, I don't get that smile, I know that it's done and I need to move on to something else."

Hamilton is currently level with German legend Michael Schumacher on seven world titles but is 1.72 to win a record eighth drivers' title in 2021.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen is 2.10, Valtteri Bottas 34.00 and young Brit George Russell a 2001.00 chance.

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