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Hamilton denies F1 retirement rumors

Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance Launch – Lewis Hamilton. Credits: Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton states that he has not considered leaving Formula 1 after the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

After Hamilton lost the 2021 world championship to Max Verstappen in a controversial Safety Car restart in Abu Dhabi, rumors emerged that he might leave the sport. Toto Wolff’s comments as well as Hamilton’s social media silence only intensified rumors.

However, during the W13 car launch event, the Briton admitted that he had not had any intention to retire. At the same time, Hamilton revealed that it was a tough period for him.

“I never, ever said that I was going to stop. I love doing what I do, and it is such a privilege working with this large group of people,” he said.

“You really feel like you’re part of a team and part of a family, working towards that common goal. There’s no feeling quite like it.

“But yeah…it was obviously a difficult time for me, and it was a time where I really needed to take a step back and focus on being present. I had my family all around me and creating great moments.

“And I eventually got to a point where I decided I was going to be attacking coming into another season and working with Toto and George [Russell].

“It’s exciting seeing George come in and bringing his energy. I can already feel that throughout the team. I think it’s going to be an exciting season.”

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