Lewis Hamilton says he has no desire to remain involved in Formula 1 once he has retired from racing, remarking that he believes competitors-turned-pundits should 'let go already'.
The three-time world champion has established a lucrative profile beyond Formula 1 with his interests in fashion, music and entertainment occupying much of his attention and time outside of a racing weekend, and being documented on various social media platforms.
Having this week commented that he has helped to promote F1 more than any other driver before him, Hamilton nonetheless says he has no plans to stay involved in the sport as a commentator before making a jibe at those that do.
"I don't want to be a commentator or stay and be in the sport, it is just not for me,” he said in a Facebook
chat function launched by F1. “It has been my opinion for a long time. I feel like there is a lot of people who are still in the sport, they just can't let go, I'm like 'let go already'.”
Indeed, though Hamilton – who has made no signal that he would consider retiring beyond his current contract with Mercedes in 2018 - remarks he would certainly miss competing, he doesn't want to watch someone else driving his car..
"Me personally, I've been racing two thirds of my life so no doubt I'm going to be missing it, but I'm not going to come back. I don't want to come back and watch someone else drive the car I was driving. There is so much other stuff I can do.”