Sir Jackie Stewart urges Lewis Hamilton to retire from F1

Sir Jackie Stewart urges Lewis Hamilton to retire from F1

Sir Jackie Stewart tells Lewis Hamilton to retire - GETTY IMAGES

Sir Jackie Stewart tells Lewis Hamilton to retire – GETTY IMAGES

Sir Jackie Stewart urged Lewis Hamilton to retire from Formula One to protect his legacy, adding that it was a “pity” that the seven-time world champion did not climb to the top and urging Hamilton to focus on the fashion industry.

Stewart, 83, has criticized Hamilton in the past and his latest comments are likely to irritate the 37-year-old, who recently rebuked those who questioned his commitment to Mercedes.

Despite a difficult start to the 2022 season after a long period of dominance, Hamilton said he “was not in his DNA” to resign and insisted he was “100 per cent” committed to bringing Brockley’s team back to the top.

Stewart, however, believes Hamilton should have already retired. “It went extremely well,” Stewart told the Convex Conversation podcast. “It simply came to our notice then. His father had four or five jobs to afford his kart before Ron Dennis took him because he was so good at kart and he took him to McLaren and made him win the Grand Prix. He is very talented.

“And when it came time to leave McLaren, it was his decision, not Ron Dennis’, it was Lewis Hamilton’s decision to go to Mercedes-Benz because he saw the potential. And now he has won eight [seven, sic] world champions.

“But anyway, now it’s a little difficult because he got a new teammate [George Russell] who was faster than him in the qualifiers so far this year, something that will be difficult for him to manage “.

Stewart added: “I think it’s time for him to resign. He has music, he has a culture, he loves clothes and the rag trade would suit him perfectly. I’m sure he will be very successful because he is earning a huge amount of money – rightly so because he was the best of his time. And that’s the best you can do. Juan Manuel Fangio, far back in the 1940s and 1950s, and [Tazio] Nouvolari and [Rudolf] Karachiola in the 1920s and 1930s, there is always someone up there, whether it was Jim Clark in the 1960s; Juan Manuel was the smoothest, best I have ever seen, he was taken to his last resting place.

“[But] Lewis is on this team of Ayrton Sennas and Alain Prosts – or even Jackie Stewarts perhaps. He took the sport very well. I would like to see him resign now. It is a pity he did not resign at the top, but I do not think that will happen now. However, it is wiser to stop than to go through all the pain of not being able to do what you did before. “

Hamilton is sixth in the league after nine races in the 2022 season, 98 points behind leader Max Verstappen, although Mercedes were more competitive in the most recent race in Canada where Hamilton finished third, his overall best result of the year. .

In April, Hamilton said he was committed to changing the team season. “Just because we’ve hit a hard piece, it’s just not in my DNA to go back,” he said. “We are still world champions and we can fix it. It will just take longer, it will take a painful year.

“I think, in the end, this will be a painful year that we will have to overcome along with the belief that we can fix it at some point, maybe in the year or even in the worst case scenario, at least for the time being.”

The season continues at the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, Hamilton’s home game next week.

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