Lewis Hamilton recently revealed that he has no intention of retiring from F1 any time soon, and certainly not before Fernando Alonso, leaving fans with mixed emotions. While several are thrilled to know that the seven-time world champion is still hungry for more, others argue that it is only fair that after nearly two decades in the sport, it may be time for Lewis Hamilton to make space for other young and talented drivers.
“Before you know it, Fernando will not be here. And then, who was there after that? I’ll be the oldest I guess! But, no, it’s not made me think about that [retirement]. I’m thinking about how I can improve this car. I’m thinking about what the steps I need to take to get this team winning again, what is the road map to winning another world championship?”
“What are the steps we need to do to have everyone aligned in this sport to do more to start truly reflecting the work that we’re trying to do in terms of diversity? I’m thinking about all those things. When I talk about fuel left in the tank, I’m still fighting for those things and still feel like I’ve got plenty to go in that. If 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.”
Nick De Vries, who is one of the two reserve drivers for Mercedes, was rumored to potentially replace the 37-year-old this season at the off-chance that Hamilton would retire after last season's dramatic Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Fans claim that the Dutchman, for one, should be given the opportunity to race in F1 now that Lewis Hamilton has had his fair share of time.
Fans react to Lewis Hamilton's remarks about retirement
Christian Horner reveals why Red Bull did not sign Lewis Hamilton
Red Bull team boss Christian Horner recently revealed that the team was strongly considering signing up Lewis Hamilton to race alongside Sebastian Vettel between 2010 and 2013, but decided against the same to avoid having "two alpha drivers" on one team.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Briton said:
“Lewis [Hamilton] and I have had a couple of conversations over the years. From 2010 to 2013, he was very keen to come and drive for Red Bull. But, we had Sebastian [Vettel] at that time, and to have had two alpha drivers wouldn’t have made sense.”
“Niki Lauda was at Mercedes and was very keen to take Lewis and I remember encouraging him to take him. We were fighting McLaren in 2012. They had the fastest car and we felt that Lewis in a McLaren would be more of a threat than in a Mercedes. I encouraged Niki to spend the money as Lewis was wavering a little bit. It would be fair to say that backfired on me.”
While Sebastian Vettel dominated the sport for four consecutive years until the end of 2013, Lewis Hamilton went on to almost double the tally.