Lewis Hamilton lining up ‘lots of things in the pipeline’ for when retirement comes

Henry Valantine
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton attends media day at the Belgian Grand Prix. Spa-Francorchamps, August 2022.

Lewis Hamilton has said he is already making plans for life after Formula 1, as he is exploring what else he is passionate about in life.

The Mercedes driver is widely expected to sign an extension to his current contract with the Silver Arrows, with both Hamilton and team principal Toto Wolff previously indicating their desire to keep working together into the future.

But at 38, the seven-time World Champion knows the end of his career is closer than the beginning, so he has spent time speaking to others about what to do once retirement does come.

He is already known to be passionate about music and has set up the Hamilton Commission and Mission 44, aimed at bringing more diversity into motorsport and in the wider world of work.

Hamilton is also in the process of making a racing-related film starring Brad Pitt, with his interests clearly already going further than his singular career focus of Formula 1.

But with that, he is partly preparing himself for life after professional sport, though he admitted he and father Anthony may not be able to keep themselves away from the track entirely.

“When I’ve spoken to other athletes, we focus so much on being the best you can be in that one thing that the other things that you also love, like if it’s playing an instrument, or if it’s writing scripts, it all falls, everything falls away,” Hamilton explained on the On Purpose podcast.

“How can you compartmentalise staying in the zone and the focus lane, but also build up some of those other skills and discover other passions?

“You know, you’ve heard people tell LeBron [James] ‘shut up and dribble’ like, there’s a lot of people put you in a box and say this, you can only do one thing.

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“But as I’ve seen and spoken to some people that are active and retired, a lot of them say particularly when they retire, that they everything kind of fell apart.

“Like everything fell to the ground, they had nothing to back it up with and they hadn’t discovered what they’re doing next.

“So then they go through this emotional journey of discovery, but it takes time. So I’m like, trying to learn from those things, and applying them and find the other things that I’m passionate about.

“So I genuinely feel today that I have lots of things in the pipeline, that when I do stop, it’s going be like, ‘so grateful [for F1], but I have something better that I’m moving onto.’

“But I have no doubts that me and my dad will always have to go to the go kart track or something. I’m always going to be competitive, that’s literally a strain in my DNA that’s just never going to shift, we’re competitive at everything.”