Lewis Hamilton’s F1 motivation questioned by Sebastian Vettel amid retirement rumours

LEWIS HAMILTON’s motivation in F1 has been questioned as retirement rumours proceed across the seven-time champion.

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Lewis Hamilton shouldn’t be ‘fired up’ simply scoring factors says four-time champion Sebastian Vettel who has questioned the Briton’s motivation for persevering with in F1. The Aston Martin driver claimed he could be ‘stunned’ if Hamilton was as completely satisfied as in earlier seasons the place he was profitable races.

As compared, George Russell is discovering Mercedes’ present tempo ‘superb’ after years spent struggling at Williams which can clarify his higher begin to the season. Chatting with the Press Affiliation, Vettel stated: “Once you get to know the game in the best way I’ve performed, and Lewis has performed, profitable and being on the high is what you attempt for.

“Does it excite you to complete eighth, or twelfth or thirteenth? No it doesn’t, when you understand you may have been first so many instances – and in Lewis’ case greater than another man. George (Russell) is available in. He spent three years at Williams struggling to loss of life on the rear of the sector, scoring the odd level, after which abruptly he’s eighth or twelfth and life for him is superb.

“All people is totally different, however you must be truthful from the skin and say, look, is Lewis naturally going to be as fired up about ending eighth as George most likely is? No, and I might be stunned if he was.”

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Lewis Hamilton's F1 motivation questioned by Sebastian Vettel amid retirement rumours

Lewis Hamilton’s mentality has been questioned (Picture: Getty)

Hamilton lies sixth within the drivers’ standings, 75 factors behind championship chief Max Verstappen. Crew-mate Russell has additionally had the higher of Hamilton this season and sits 34 factors forward and fourth within the championship.

His consistency has been unparalleled, ending within the top-five at each race this season to depart him simply 41 factors behind. Hamilton’s future in F1 has been one of many largest factors of debate this season with many critics suggesting he ought to give up.

Nonetheless, the seven-time champion addressed the rumours head-on after the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. He posted a message on social media claiming he would solely determine when his masterpiece was completed.

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Lewis Hamilton's F1 motivation questioned by Sebastian Vettel amid retirement rumours

Lewis Hamilton lies sixth within the standings (Picture: Getty)

He additionally claimed it was not in his DNA to give up regardless of the troublesome begin. Hamilton defined: “I’ve been with Mercedes since I used to be 13. We’ve had superb instances collectively. We’ve ridden the highs and lows collectively.

“I’m 100% dedicated to this crew. There’s nowhere else that I wish to be. Simply because we’ve hit a tough patch, it’s simply not in my DNA to again out.”

Forward of the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton silenced his critics with a easy four-word response: “Why ought to I cease?”

He added: “Let’s take this season: I most likely will not win the title, however I really feel the identical pleasure of competing as after I began. Possibly sooner or later I will not be capable of take the stress anymore, I will be drained, however that day hasn’t come but.”

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