As the 2023 Formula One season approaches, Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, has opened up about his concerns for life after his retirement from the sport. Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes is set to expire at the end of the 2023 season, but both parties have expressed interest in extending it. However, no extensions have been confirmed yet and Hamilton has acknowledged that his retirement is not too far off.
With 30 years of experience in the sport, starting from his childhood days of karting, Hamilton has become one of the greatest drivers in the history of Formula One. In an interview on the On Purpose podcast, Hamilton stated that it will be difficult for him to find something that will fill the void left behind once he retires from racing. He said:
“It is going to be really, really hard when I stop racing. I have been doing it for 30 years. When you stop, what is going to match that? Nothing is going to match being in a stadium, being at a race, being at the pinnacle of the sport and being at the front of the grid or coming through the grid and that emotion that I get with that.”
Hamilton has been a part of the Mercedes team for a decade, during which he has won six of his seven championships and the team has won eight consecutive constructors’ championships. The 2023 season is set to begin with the Bahrain Grand Prix on March 3rd to 5th, with pre-season testing taking place the week before. Mercedes struggled with their W13 cars in 2022 but are looking to make a comeback with the significant developments they were able to make towards the end of the season.
As the 2023 season approaches, fans are eagerly waiting to see whether Hamilton will extend his contract with Mercedes, and if he will be able to add another championship to his already impressive resume. But even as he continues to race, it’s clear that Hamilton is already thinking about what comes next and how to find fulfillment after a career in Formula One. The sport has been a big part of his life for decades, and it will be a challenge for him to find something that can replace the rush of adrenaline and excitement that comes with being on the track.