Hamilton seeking ‘balance’ as retirement dilemma gives him ‘day-by-day’ concerns

Lewis Hamilton has again hinted his F1 retirement could be near – by insisting he needs more "balance" in his life.

The Stevenage-born superstar became the greatest driver in the history of the sport this year as he equalled Michael Schumacher's seven world titles and surpassed the German's race win record.

He has been in talks with Mercedes over a new contract to keep him with the team.

The deal is said to be worth £40million-a-year over three seasons. But concerns remain over whether Hamilton will see out the contract.

Hamilton, 35, has a passion for music, has released a clothing line with Tommy Hilfiger, been vocally supporting Black Lives Matter and fighting human rights issues around the world.

“I’m trying to find a balance. I like to live life day-by-day because you just never know when your days are up,” he told  Autosport.com.

“And I’ve had people pass in my life who have said ‘I was planning to do this and that and I ran out of time’. This year, I’d say more so than ever, there’s been a huge focus on the present.

“However, yeah, I generally like to be forward-thinking – I’m so excited about what the future holds. But also, as I get older, I’m aware things take so much time to put in place.

“So if there’s something I want to do, some things could take five to 10 years, maybe even more – I need to make sure I’m trying to strategically put the foundations in place now. But at the same time, [I’m] being present.

“I love my job, I love racing. [Even during] this difficult time, communicating with engineers and really trying to pick up on the nuances of what makes my sport and the technology we work with move.

“Everyone’s on high alert with this whole COVID [thing] – the whole working environment has shifted. But at the core of it is racing, which we all love. And I’m so grateful I get to do that.”

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