Hamilton Contemplated Retirement Following Abu Dhabi 2021 Race

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton admits that he considered retiring after losing the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to Max Verstappen, but ultimately decided against making a decision based on emotions.

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‣ Lewis Hamilton considered retiring after losing the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix to Max Verstappen.
‣ The defeat caused great disappointment and anger at Mercedes, with the team protesting the result unsuccessfully.
‣ Rumours circulated about whether Hamilton would return to racing in 2022 following his loss.
‣ Hamilton admits he thought about retiring, but decided not to make decisions based on emotions.


Lewis Hamilton took a break from the public eye following the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Rumors swirled that the Brit might be considering retirement after losing the title race to Max Verstappen. Speaking to Autosport.com, the seven-time world champ confessed that the thought of immediate retirement had crossed his mind.

Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing was in a celebratory mood. But for Mercedes, it was a time of disappointment and anger. Verstappen had overtaken Hamilton on the last lap of the last Grand Prix, marking a thrilling end to an already exciting season. Mercedes didn’t take this lying down. They protested the result, but it was all in vain.

Hamilton had a bone to pick too. He felt that Mercedes hadn’t made the changes he’d requested.

Post the Grand Prix, there was a lot of chatter about whether Hamilton would return to the car in 2022. The Mercedes driver confessed that he’d indeed pondered over it. “For sure, yeah. There was so much going through my mind during that period in time,” he admitted.

But Hamilton was also aware that making decisions in the heat of the moment wasn’t the best idea. “But I think one of the worst things you can do is make decisions based on emotions, because when you are emotional and in the heat of that moment, more often than not, you’re not going to make the best decisions,” he said. So, he took his time and then made a decision.

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