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Lewis Hamilton considers quitting F1 as coronavirus causes chaos to schedule. The six-time World Champion is aiming to equal Michael Schumacher’s seven Championship titles.
However, the British driver has admitted that he has been weighing up his options while lockdown because of the pandemic.
“Mentally it’s really about ultimately feeling good about yourself,” the 35-year-old said. “It’s about finding a way to make sure you love yourself. You have to really be able to love yourself and be comfortable on your own.
“I’ve been really spending time trying to take time for me, making sure that I appreciate me, acknowledging things that you do well, acknowledging also when you fail and you don’t do it so great. It’s okay. And not being so hard on yourself, all these different things.
“I have days when I wake up and feel groggy, I don’t feel motivated to work out. I feel, ‘Jeez, where are we going? What’s next? Should I continue racing?
“I think all these different things, and then I’m like ‘Damn it!’, and the next hour, or whatever, it passes, and I’m like ‘Damn! I love what I do! Why would I ever consider not continuing?”
Hamilton’s deal at Mercedes ends at the end of the season and there is a slim chance he could leave the team. But his immediate focus is on trying to come out of the other side of lockdown having grown as a person.
“If we are not improving and growing during these days then what are we doing? You’re obviously just wasting your time sitting on your backside,” he added.
“Nothing’s going to get handed to any of us. We’ve got to go out there and get whatever it is we want, and you’ve got to want it more than the person you’re fighting against. You’ve just got to get off your arse and do it. I’m in pretty decent shape, but I can always be in better shape. I see things and I’m like, ‘Damn, I’ve got a bit of fat here. Shoot, I’ve got to work harder, I’ve got to go for a run’. In actual reality, I don’t really have much fat.
“But there are people out there that have these things going through their minds. You’ve just got to let go, find what it is you love and say I’m going to do it. I’m not going to let anything get in my way.
“It might take a long time. People forget I started racing when I was eight and I didn’t get to Formula 1 until I was 22, so that was a long time for me to get there, but patience is also very, very important. I do hope to come back better.”