SIR LEWIS HAMILTON has tried to silence his critics with a defiant statement about his future.
Hamilton, 37, has struggled in this year’s F1 Championship and admittedly, the title is out of reach after just four races.
The Brit is done 13th in the Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna last Sunday and was surpassed by his new teammate George Russell.
And with his Mercedes contract expiring in 2023, there were more rumors that he could retire.
Former World Champion Jacques Villeneuve suggested Hamilton could even quit before the end of the seasonwhich evokes a response from the seven-time champion.
Hamilton posted two stunning photos Instagram surrounded by F1 car tires.
But the caption was even more interesting, with Hamilton writing, “I’m working on my masterpiece and will decide when it’s done.”
Hamilton revealed he and his Mercedes team are feel the pain not be able to fight for the championship.
But he remains defiant, gunning down those who think he might retire at the end of the year.
He previously said: “I’ve seen a few comments from certain people that I respected but their comments are a bunch of nonsense, all aimed at making headlines and making themselves relevant.
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“I stand behind this team 100 per cent, just because we went through a rough patch it’s not in my DNA to walk away.
“We are world champions and we have to endure it whether it’s this year or next year.”
Hamilton has already proved many people wrong by returning to racing this year – despite fears of unfairly missing out on his eighth championship in 2021.
reports suggested Hamilton could leave F1 after remaining silent during the offseason.
Hamilton also admitted he found it difficult to deal with his loss last season and revealed he did thought twice about retiring.
But he didn’t want his controversial defeat to dictate his career, instead using it as an impetus to return this year, healthier and more determined.
https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/18398334/lewis-hamilton-retire-f1/ Lewis Hamilton hits back at claims he could retire before the end of the F1 season after a disastrous start