Lewis Hamilton’s retirement aim detailed by Jenson Button ‘He will do that’

Formula 1: Jenson Button on rumours of Lewis Hamilton retiring

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Lewis Hamilton won’t quit F1 despite the Brit’s future currently being up in the air, according to old pal Jenson Button. The two men raced together at McClaren. And Button thinks talk of the 37-year-old quitting the sport is exactly that.

Hamilton was livid last month after missing out on a record eighth F1 title that would have seen him move above Michael Schumacher in the history books.

The Brit was just one lap away from glory in Abu Dhabi but, in the end, missed out due to an incident involving the safety car.

That paved the way for Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to claim the prize instead.

Since then, Hamilton’s future has been up in the air with the 37-year-old staying silent on the matter.

He fuelled talk of potentially quitting when he unfollowed everybody, including Mercedes and his own dog, from his Instagram account.

Button has previously expressed a belief that Hamilton will keep on racing.

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And the former F1 champion believes the Stevenage-born racer will continue to take part in the sport due to a desire to be the best of all time.

“I haven’t got a clue,” Button said on GMB when asked if Hamilton will retire.

“I do know that I was the only person to interview Lewis after the last race.

“The whole world heard me interview so I don’t have the inside scoop.

“I do think he will be racing, he wants to win that eighth title and be the most decorated F1 driver in F1 history and he will do that.

“It was a controversial end to the season but F1 is in an amazing place.

“Two fantastic drivers going at it every weekend and I think everyone is excited about the new season.

“There are new regulations and it is all about the development of these cars throughout the year.”

Button had said last month that ‘anything was possible’ amid talk of Hamilton walking away from Formula One.

He told Sky Sports: “Anything’s possible as we know with sport, we all run on high emotions.

“I don’t know Lewis [Hamilton] that well now. I used to know him quite well, but personally, I don’t see him walking away after losing the title.

“I think it will be game on next season, and hopefully it won’t just be him and Max [Verstappen] fighting for the title but some other racers getting in the picture as well.”

Even Red Bull chief Christian Horner wants Hamilton to stay in the sport, despite him posing the biggest threat to Verstappen’s crown.

“I certainly hope Lewis will be around this year,” Horner said.

“He’s still driving at an incredible level, the two drivers last year were in a league of their own.

“But ultimately, it’s his choice, it’s his career, it’s his decision, so I’m sure he will decide what’s best for him, what he wants to do, and that’s none of our business.”

Horner has also revealed he spoke to Hamilton’s father, Anthony, after the chaos in the Middle East.

“Yes look, at the end of the day we’re a sport, we’re not saving lives,” he said.

“It’s hard and competitive, but there has to be a respect at the end of it.

“It’s been a long, hard, tough year, last season and that’s why I went to see Toto following the end of the race.

“Unfortunately he wasn’t about, but I did manage to speak with Lewis and his father.”

Hamilton is contracted to Mercedes until 2023.

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