F1: Lewis Hamilton rules out copying Michael Schumacher and gives update on having children

F1 Lewis Hamilton

F1: Lewis Hamilton has no plans to emulate Michael Schumacher

Jack Otway

By Jack Otway

Published: 03/10/2023

- 09:31

The Brit will quit F1 for good when he eventually walks away from the sport

Lewis Hamilton has ruled out copying Michael Schumacher by coming back to F1 after retirement.

The Brit signed a new contract with Mercedes at the end of August, with the Stevenage-born racer set to race with the Silver Arrows into his 40s.

Schumacher initially retired from F1 back in 2006.

However, he returned four years later to race with Mercedes.

F1 Michael Schumacher

F1: Michael Schumacher came out of retirement to race for Mercedes in 2010


Yet Hamilton, when asked by Blick, made it clear he wasn't interested in following the same path of the 54-year-old.

“That will not happen to me," said the 38-year-old when asked if he'd retire and then come back.

“When the chapter is over, that’s when it’s over.

"I can’t imagine standing in the paddock or in the garage – without then getting into a car.

"But as I’ve said before: never say never.”

Hamilton was then asked about whether he had any plans to have children.

The Brit admitted back in 2021 that he dreamed of being a 'father like my dad one day, but better'.

And he's also previously said he'd love to 'carry on the Hamilton name and make him proud'.

The F1 star has, however, no plans to have children just yet and insists he's focused on the sport he loves.

"Not at the moment, no," he continued.

“I don’t have time for that – I enjoy being an uncle!

“I haven’t decided on this big step yet. I still have goals with the racing car – and everything has to take a back seat.

“I want to do my job 100 per cent. Of course, you have to find the necessary balance with your private life and make compromises.

"But fortunately that day hasn’t come yet.”

Hamilton has struggled so far this season, with Max Verstappen very much the man to beat.

The Red Bull star has dominated and is poised to win the F1 title for the third year in a row.

Hamilton, upon signing a new deal with Mercedes, signalled a desire to secure an eighth crown.

His first triumph came back in 2008 and he's level with Schumacher on seven F1 titles.

And the veteran has refused to rule out quitting Formula One for good if he's able to move out in front of Schumacher and go one clear.

“I never said that the eighth title would be a stop signal for me, but I’ll only know that when I actually get there," he stated.


Lewis Hamilton

F1: Lewis Hamilton currently has no plans to have children due to his commitment to the sport


“You can hardly achieve the big goals in Formula 1 without a great car. Nobody.”

Hamilton is currently preparing for the Qatar Grand Prix, with that race pencilled in for October 8.

The Stevenage-born racer previously won the event back in 2021, beating both Verstappen and Veltteri Bottas to reign supreme.

Meanwhile, Hamilton also told the publication that he'd held 'irrelevant' talks with Ferrari.

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