Mika Hakkinen, a double Formula 1 World Champion, has expressed his belief that Lewis Hamilton’s mindset is no longer fully dedicated to racing and that Formula 1 may no longer hold the same level of importance in his life.
As Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes approaches its expiration at the end of 2023, speculation about his future has been rife, with rumours of a potential move to Ferrari surfacing.
However, Hakkinen finds such a move highly unlikely and suggests that Hamilton’s priorities may have shifted over time.
In an interview with Unibet, Hakkinen shared his thoughts on the speculation surrounding Hamilton’s future.
“Lewis Hamilton joining Ferrari would be a surprise,” Hakkinen said.
“I know Lewis’ head is not 100% in racing anymore. It’s completely normal. Formula 1 just won’t be the most important thing anymore.”
Hakkinen acknowledged that as individuals grow older, their thoughts and priorities naturally evolve.
He pointed out the increasing competition in Formula 1, particularly from young drivers like George Russell, who has been pushing Hamilton race by race.
Hakkinen questioned whether Hamilton still possesses the energy and motivation to consistently beat his teammate and whether pursuing such a competitive environment aligns with his future aspirations.
While Hakkinen’s observations hold merit, it should be noted that Hamilton has always managed to balance his racing career with other interests.
Throughout his journey, he has nurtured various passions, including surfing, music, film production, and his work with the Hamilton Commission.
This ability to explore diverse interests alongside his racing commitments may have contributed to his success in the sport.
Hamilton’s discussions with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff following the Spanish Grand Prix indicate that an extension with the team is likely.
Despite the speculation about his next move, both Hamilton and Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto have denied any contact between them.