Hamilton’s future in Formula One was sealed for at least another two years. However, the Briton was very clear and exactly knows what symptoms will make him rethink his F1 commitment.
Earlier this year, following months of speculations, Hamilton took the strong decision to re-engage himself with a team that helped him seal six of his seven world titles: Mercedes.
A brave decision from the 36-year-old that also accepted to dive into the unknown of the 2022 season and the massive change Formula One will encounter with the apparition of cost caps, new single-seaters, and most likely new qualifying formats.
Not only will the seven-time world champion have to keep the momentum of his team going through his fierce title battle with Max Verstappen and Red Bull in 2021 but also help them surpass themselves to develop a new championship-contending car for 2022.
To top it all off, an internal competition could appear next year with the possible recruitment of a massively talented George Russell that should give Hamilton a bit of a headache on the track. The end of the British legend’s career will be anything but a smooth one.
Nonetheless, true to himself, Hamilton exactly knows how he wants to approach the situation, putting himself and his mental condition in a core position.
“You have to do what you are passionate about and what you enjoy. For me personally, there was a point where it all got too serious and so I started to ask myself if I was still right,” Hamilton told the Express.
“I’m always competing against myself. I think about how to beat myself, I look at how I was last year and how to beat a seven-time World Champion.”
“I’m discovering new things about myself every day. With the pandemic lockdowns I’ve had more time to refine my talent, body and mind.”
“It’s true that I’m in a very competitive environment, but when the visor goes down and the car is started, I have the biggest smile, even after so many years in racing.”
“We only have one life. You have to enjoy what you do. It’s important to find pleasure in what you do and what you’re doing every day. That’s very important to me as well.”
“The day I don’t enjoy what I’m doing anymore when I don’t get a smile, I know it’s done. Then I have to do something else.”