Finnish Former Formula One (F1) World Champion Mika Hakkinen, said that he believes current champion Lewis Hamilton will retire from the sport when he loses his hunger for winning.
Hakkinen drew comparisons between himself and the Brit, Hamilton, saying that he is impressed with his F1 World Drivers’ Championship win this year, which was the third in four seasons, and fourth overall.
“Lewis’ achievement in winning four World Championship titles is impressive, and you can see that he has kept the hunger alive, that is critical,” Hakkinen wrote in his Unibet blog.
“When I won both my World Championships in 1998 and 1999 I went into 2000 absolutely determined to win a third title, but it was not to be.
“After that year, when I felt my energy levels drop a little, it was not long before I retired.”
Hamilton, who turns 33 on January 7, recovered from missing out on the Championship in 2016 to former teammate and arch rival Nico Rosberg, to take the title by 46 points from Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Hakkinen retired in 2000 after failing to win his third title when he was pipped to the crown that season by German Michael Schumacher.
Yesterday also marked four years since Schumacher’s skiing accident in the French Alps in 2013. The F1 legend has been kept away from the media and the public by his family, leading to speculation about the injuries he received after falling and hitting his head on a rock.