Formula One legend Sir Jackie Stewart has claimed that Mercedes driver and multi-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton should retire from the sport rather than enduring the pain of not being a title contender.
This season hasn’t been a fruitful one for Hamilton and his team as they find themselves behind Red Bull and Ferrari. The seven-time World Champion is currently sixth in the driver’s standing and there is a 98-point gap between him and Max Verstappen.
Hamilton has also found himself behind teammate George Russell on multiple occasions, with the young driver being one of the most consistent people on the grid.
Speaking to the Conversation Convex podcast, Stewart said that the former World Champion has done well for himself in the sport but finds himself struggling behind his teammate at the moment and should call time on his career.
“He’s done extremely well. He came from modest beginnings. His father had four or five jobs to afford his karting before Ron Dennis picked him up, because he was so good at karting, and took him into McLaren and got him to win grands prix . He’s very talented.”
“When it came time to leave [McLaren], it was his decision, not Ron Dennis. It was Lewis Hamilton’s decision to go to Mercedes-Benz because he saw the potential of what they had to offer.”
“Now struggling a little bit because he’s had a new teammate who’s been quicker than him in qualifying so far this year, which is going to be difficult for him to handle. But I think it’s time for him to resign,” said Stewart.
The F1 legend believes that there is a second career waiting for him once retires from the sport.
“He’s got music, he’s got culture, he loves clothing, and the rag trade would be absolutely suitable for him. I’m sure he’ll be very successful because he’s been earning a huge amount of money rightfully so, because he’s been the best of his time,” said Stewart.
However, Stewart insisted that it is time for the seven-time World Champion to call it a day rather than going through the pain of knowing that he will not be a title contender again.
“I would like to see him resigning now. It’s a pity he wasn’t resigning at the top. But I don’t think that’s going to happen now. But nevertheless, it’s wiser to stop than go through all the pain of not being able to do what you did before,” said Stewart.