Hamilton says Liberty could drive him to quit F1

Friday, 09 november 2018, 04:16 , by Matthew Scott

Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1's calendar is already too bloated and has suggested he could quit the sport if Liberty continue to add more grands prix to the schedule. Plans for a Vietnam GP to be introduced in 2020 were confirmed this week, while races in the Netherlands and Miami are also in the pipeline, with Liberty having previously suggested a 25-race calendar is on the cards.

The street race in Hanoi has split opinion among fans, while commercial chief Sean Bratches' suggestion that classic tracks like Silverstone may have to make way for the new venues has again caused consternation.

Hamilton says he would prefer an 18-race schedule – every season since 2010 has featured at least 19.

The freshly crowned five-time world champion says he won't stick around to see if he can hack a 25-race calendar, putting a dent in Liberty's expansion plans.

"It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don't think that's a good thing personally," he said.

"I think 18 was probably the best back in the day.

"I'm someone who really loves racing but the season is long. It's a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time away from families and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter. All I can speak is for myself.

"The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done.

"Getting your mind turned. That's very difficult. Then you have to find a way of switching off and recovering at the same time. It's most likely I'm not going to be here when it gets to 25 that's for sure."

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Comments (28)

  • James Godfrey
    25 is too much, 20 is a good number. I'm excited for Vietnam but I think there are some really shit races they could get rid of on the current calendar to make space
  • Erik Flynn
    Liberty is not slowly killing F1. Its feasting on the carcass. Formula 1 has been went the way V10s and V12s, fuel stops and tire manufacturers.
  • Bill Edwards
    Im a huge Ham fan but feel free to make room for other drivers if you're not willing to provide more content for the people that pay your salary.
  • Floros Ioannou
    Liberty media is paying you so u can pack and go home. Many drivers out there who can drive a championship wining car without moaning.
  • Peter David Horney
    I used to love F1 but since the take over it's not been the same so now I am not bothered if I watch it or not
  • Adrian Fielder
    Personally more races I'm all for it! Means more chances to watch Seb facing the wrong way
  • Jonathon Bellamy
    Agree there are too many crap GP. What the point in Monaco, Singapore any more for example
  • Gary Joseph Skiffen
    Man has a busy rap/fashion career to work on. Can't be bothered by extra races.
  • Jamie Paget
    Aaawww, less time to hang with his American Hollywood chumps. Chums. Sorry.
  • Mihai Alex
    Oh man, can you imagine?! He has to actually work for that $38m paycheck. Fuckin pansy
  • ????? ??????
    You're missing the point, my friend. The trouble is Liberty are slowly killing F1.
  • Andre Hogewoning
    Hamilton is not my favorite driver but he has a point. Liberty is not being realistic
  • Steve Smart
    As a fan, I think 20 is a good number of races for me. 25 feels like a bit much.
  • Massey Bridges
    the proposed new tracks must suit ferrari or rbr more than mercedes
  • Nessa C Ruelas
    I dont care for Hamilton but Lord do I wish Liberty would just go away!
  • Tyler Saulay
    Not just Lewis tho. Lots of drivers and teams aren't happy.
  • Eric Matthews
    Especially when he is winning all the races
  • Jacques Comarmond
    Just means that he will have a bit more work.
  • Irene Hoff
    From his lips to Gods ears
  • Irene Hoff
    From Hamiltons lips to Gods ears

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