Villeneuve does not rule out Hamilton retirement: “No one thought so with Rosberg”


The future of Lewis Hamilton in Formula 1 is still uncertain one month after the closing race in Abu Dhabi. Former world champion Jacques Villeneuve does not rule out the possibility that Hamilton is indeed hanging up his helmet and refers again to 2016 and Nico Rosberg.

It is now the story of the winter break. Will Hamilton continue or will he stop? It is a question that has many Formula 1 fans in its grip and the Briton has not let go of anything to this day. It is also very quiet on his social media channels. His latest reports date back to qualifying on Saturday at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, one day before he painfully lost the world title to Max Verstappen.

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In conversation with the French branch of, the 1997 champion tries to understand what is currently going on in the head of the seven-time world champion. “It’s very difficult to understand what’s going on in people’s heads after such a long season. You think you know how it goes, but it turns out differently and you feel like you’ve been robbed. I can imagine that you then feel very negative. But it is better to come back to it,” says the Canadian.


A potential retirement seems more and more likely as the days go by and Villeneuve does not rule out a Hamilton departure either. “Well, who knows? No one expected Rosberg not to return, but he woke up one morning and told everyone that somehow he wasn’t passionate about racing anymore. That doesn’t seem to be the case with racing, though. Lewis, but who knows,” he concludes.

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