The unavoidable fact is that no matter how age-defying his driving is on track, Hamilton will be 37 in a weeks’ time. No racing career lasts forever and if Michael Schumacher found it difficult racing in his 40s, anyone would.
There is no reason to doubt Hamilton still holds that passion for racing. But his profile away from the track means he could keep himself busy enough without F1.
Hamilton is a regular attendee of the world’s most glamorous fashion events, and he has also been busy occupying his time trying to help young people from disadvantaged backgrounds make their way into the sport through the Hamilton Commission.
Now that he has a new challenger to his domination of the sport in the shape of Max Verstappen, it wouldn’t represent a huge shock to see Hamilton call it quits.
The worrying aspect for the fans is that Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff sounded uncertain when he said he “couldn’t guarantee” his star driver would return for the 2022 season.
If anyone is aware of his plans to retire, Wolff would be one of the first to know.