British fans fear that three-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton could follow Nico Rosberg and retire when his contract expires at Mercedes.
The British driver is still on top form but has been hitting the headlines for his celebrity lifestyle and off track antics. This has created speculation that Hamilton is more interested in his celebrity lifestyle rather than racing in Formula 1.
Since Nico Rosbergs shock retirement, speculation has swirled the media that Hamilton could join him after the 2017 season.
I would see no reason why Hamilton would consider retiring while he is still driving a competitive car as he has been at the front of the grid for the past ten years and that doesn’t look likely to change, even with the new regulations in 2017.
It seems that Hamilton’s attention has drifted from Formula 1 but he still performing at a high level so there is no doubt that he can still compete.
If Hamilton does decide to retire this could have a major impact on the British Grand Prix, Hamilton is a major draw for the British fans and with the Jenson Button already retiring, it will leave Jolyon Palmer to carry the British flag.
Lewis Hamilton will be a massive loss for Formula 1 if he does decide to retire, but with the introduction of Max Verstappen, who has already created excitement in his short career, the sport is not under threat of some controversial characters.