Lewis Hamilton’s father issues a ‘warning’ to his rivals ahead of the 2016 season that his son could dominate the sport for the next ten years.
The triple world champion, whom is very close to his father, Anthony, won his third title last year- his second back to back drivers’ title after a dominant 2015 campaign.
The Mercedes driver turned 31 in January, and told Sky Sports F1 last November that he planned to retire at 37. However, Anthony sees him racing in Formula 1 for longer than his son predicted.
“He has another seven to 10 years left in the sport and he is extremely competitive. He is still young so he has quite a few left in him,” Anthony Hamilton told Sky Sports News HQ at the Zoom Charity Auction last week. “He is only going to get better, he is only going to get stronger.”
Lewis Hamilton undoubtedly enjoys living the celebrity lifestyle that some of his fellow drivers seem to play down more so than the Stevenage-born racer. Just this week Hamilton has partied in Toronto, and last night attended the Super Bowl in San Francisco. However, there is no denying that Hamilton doesn’t work hard to achieve his success.
“You can never say never, but I don’t believe so. Lewis is a competitive soul, he loves motor racing and he loves to win,” Anthony insisted, when questioned on Lewis’ future retirement.
Lewis has many interests outside of his sport, including music. Despite having recorded his own album, Anthony doesn’t see his son walking away from the racing circuit anytime soon.
“As long as he has got that spirit he is going to remain in F1. I think he has another seven years minimum left in the business. That is bad news for everyone else,” Hamilton Senior added.
He also went on to say that he believe Lewis wants competitors to close the gap to Mercedes, saying it would be ‘fantastic’ if they were all in ‘the same level of car’.
“What Lewis doesn’t want to do is run away with it and just win races because the others cars aren’t up to scratch or the other teams are struggling. He wants everyone to be at the same level and he wants to win on merit.
“He’s winning on merit because he’s in the best team and is doing the best job, but he would like to see other people compete and have to struggle for a win,” Hamilton Senior concluded.