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Hamilton up for “causing havoc”, not F1 retirement

Mercedes have high hopes for the second half of the season and Lewis Hamilton is here to stay in Formula One.

Formula One F1 - Belgian Grand Prix - Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium - August 26, 2022  Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton before practice REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

Lewis Hamilton has reiterated he is not thinking about retiring from Formula One as he intends to “cause havoc” with Mercedes in the second half of the season. Mercedes’ 2022 campaign thus far has been one of disappointment, with the team struggling with porpoising and finding themselves off the pace of rivals Red Bull and Ferrari.

Retirement rumours

A turbulent season follows on from a disruptive end to the 2021 campaign, after Max Verstappen’s controversial title win resulted in persistent speculation that Hamilton could walk away from F1. Hamilton soon put that to rest by returning for the campaign to drive alongside new team-mate George Russel, but disappointing results again led to further debates about the future of the 37-year-old. The British driver sees things differently, however, as he is still “in love” with the sport and has not considered an exit.

“There’s still plenty to achieve here, personally. Maybe not that many records, but still a lot of ground to cover with the team,” he said at a press conference ahead of the Belgian Grand Prix. I am still deeply in love with the sport. And I particularly like the direction and the things that we’re doing within it. But of course there’s lots more outside that’s continuing to grow as well. So it’s an exciting time. We have been improving. We have had this consistency in recent races and great progress the team is making.”

Hamilton also detailed Mercedes’ intentions for the second half of the season with an appearance at a race event, where he told a crowd they are looking to cause “havoc” in the second half of the campaign. “We’ve had this really strong run and we hope to continue it forward. We plan to, we’re going to manifest it, we’re here to cause havoc in the second half of the season,” he said.