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Lewis Hamilton set to change F1 retirement plan as Mercedes battle through "thick slog"

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Mercedes' poor 2022 season may cause Lewis Hamilton to delay his retirement from Formula 1, the Brit has admitted. The Brit is winless all season, and on the cusp of going through an entire campaign without standing on the top step of a podium for the first time in his F1 career.

But a less competitive Mercedes car is to blame for those results, rather than any suggestion of decline due to his age. Hamilton turns 38 in January and is in the twilight of what has been a remarkable career.

His current deal expires at the end of the next season and, based on previous comments, that might have been when he was planning on stepping away from the sport. "I honestly hope I’m not racing at 40," he said last year, adding that "there are so many things I want to do that it would be difficult".

He did at that time, though, admit that his feelings on that subject might change. And it appears Mercedes' struggles this year have sparked such a shift.

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