Lewis Hamilton has conceded that Sebastian Vettel’s resolution to retire on the finish of this season has made him replicate on his place as one in every of F1’s oldest drivers.
Vettel revealed his plans on Thursday forward of the Hungarian Grand Prix, that means that if he begins each remaining race he’ll find yourself one in need of the 300 milestone Hamilton reached final day out in France.
Fernando Alonso is the one driver on the grid who has extra begins than the pair.
Requested if Vettel’s announcement has induced him to rethink his personal future, Hamilton mentioned: “It doesn’t.
“It’s a reminder that I’m in that a part of my profession that folks that I got here up with, and have raced with for therefore lengthy, will begin to cease.
“Earlier than you understand it, Fernando is not going to be right here after which…who’s there after that? I’ll be the oldest. However no, it’s not made me take into consideration that.”
Hamilton to cease earlier than he’s “burnt out”
After scoring his highest end of the season on the final race in France in ending runner-up to Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen, Hamilton revealed he has loads left within the tank to hold on, probably till 400 races.
What he has made clear, nonetheless, is that he is not going to proceed till he has nothing left to present.
Assessing the short- and long-term path forward, Hamilton mentioned: “Truthfully, I’m enthusiastic about how I can enhance this automotive.
“I’m enthusiastic about what the steps are that I must take to get this staff profitable once more, what’s the roadmap to profitable one other world championship.
“[I’m thinking] What are the steps that we have to have everybody aligned on this sport to do extra to begin really reflecting the work that we are attempting to do by way of range. I’m considering of all of these issues.
“After I discuss gas left within the tank, I’m nonetheless combating for all of these issues and I nonetheless really feel I’ve bought loads to go together with that.
“Extra probably than not, once I cease, I’ll nonetheless have gas within the tank. I don’t suppose I’ll go till I’m utterly burnt out and don’t have anything left however hopefully that’s some time off.”
Further reporting by Ian Parkes