Lewis Hamilton has been urged to retire from Formula One by double world champion Jackie Stewart, who says the Mercedes driver shouldn’t put himself through the ‘pain’ of going on without being able to win.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton is the most successful driver in the history of the sport and was looking to challenge for a record-breaking eighth title in 2022 after missing last season’s crown to Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prize.
So far, however, Hamilton’s best results this season have been third place at Bahrain in Canada, as Mercedes have been unable to challenge leaders Red Bull and Ferrari for race wins. The 37-year-old is sixth in the Drivers’ Championship, 98 points behind leader Verstappen, and needs a significantly improved car from Mercedes in 2023 to be able to compete at the top again.
After the excitement surrounding the Abu Dhabi race in December, Hamilton was considering returning to F1 at all, and now Stewart says the Stevenage-born star should step away from racing and pursue one of his other passions professionally.
“It’s time for him [retire]’ said Stewart, 83. ‘He’s got music, he’s got culture, he loves clothes and the rag trade would be a perfect fit for him. I am sure that he will be very successful because he made a lot of money – rightly so because he was the best of his time.
Stewart ranks Hamilton among the most popular best drivers ever to drive in Formula 1, but says it would be better for him to retire at the end of the current season than to continue if he is unable to pursue more championships battle.
“Lewis is in that group of the Ayrton Sennas and the Alain Prosts — or maybe even the Jackie Stewarts,” Stewart told the Convex Conversation podcast. ‘Too bad it wasn’t him [retiring] at the top, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now.
“Even so, it’s wiser to quit than to go through all the pain of not being able to do what you used to do. He carried the sport well. I want him to step down now.’
The 2022 Formula 1 campaign continues with the British Grand Prix at Silverstone over the weekend of July 1-3.
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https://metro.co.uk/2022/06/23/lewis-hamilton-told-to-retire-from-formula-1-by-champion-jackie-stewart-16877334/ Lewis Hamilton said he should retire from Formula 1 from champion Jackie Stewart