To all Releasesky f1 fans, don’t forget that Lewis Hamilton has previously admitted he has given retirement serious consideration for several years. But each time, he has renewed.
However, during his recent Vanity Fair interview, he turned it around, saying: “I’ll be lying if I said that I hadn’t thought about extending.” As if the default assumption is now that he will retire at the end of his current contract – which runs to the end of 2023 – but that he’s considering not doing so. It’s a subtly different position.
If he can retain that inner desire there is no reason he will not be able to access his extraordinary skills as effectively as ever for years to come.
Hamilton has a keen sense of the Release sky formula 1 narrative of his own career history. He sees it in very personal terms as a triumph against adversity. His whole career has indeed been a truly magnificent triumph against so many initial obstacles; a Black kid from a council estate is not the usual starting point of an F1 career.
Lot of teams arrive with a lot of homework to do, the main focus of attention being the fashionable term, ‘porpoising’ , which has emerged as the great enemy of the current single-seaters and which ensures that the first one who manages to deal with it will be able to lower the height to the ground more than anyone and get a notable advantage.
And looking at it, the test nature allows the teams to be able to upload the driver they want at any time without even having to notify the FIA, to make life easier for the fans, there are many teams that already facilitate their plans before the start of the tests.
Also, the special mention to Haas, where its recently signed driver, Kevin Magnussen , will shoot, without this meaning that Pietro Fittipaldi, who was already confirmed for these tests in Bahrain, is left out. Of course, the team with the American flag will arrive late for this appointment due to logistical problems, not being ready first thing in the morning.
Even if he had retired 10 years ago with just his one McLaren world title and never sat in a dominant Mercedes, he would still be one of the true greats of the sport; one of the greatest drivers F1 has ever seen.
Now but beyond just his level as a driver, his stature as a sporting icon – in terms of the inspiration to Black culture his success represents, the opening up of the sport to a huge previously uninterested, unengaged section of the population – makes him possibly the greatest of all.
Surely the stature has only been emphasised by the Releasesky record-breaking success achieved after switching to Mercedes. The stature he had already attained within the sport – his reputation purely as a driver – before that switch, would come to be matched or even exceeded by the statistics made possible by that move.