Jackie Stewart says 7-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton missed his chance to come out on top


Lewis Hamilton has one of the most incredible streaks in the history of Formula 1. It is also a very endangered streak.

Even casual F1 fans know that Hamilton came into the 2022 season tied with Michael Schumacher at the top of the biggest list of all with seven Formula 1 championships. The two are also tied on what could be argued as a list yet. most telling: most consecutive F1 seasons with a win.

Hamilton has won at least one F1 race every year since 2007. Last year, Hamilton achieved 15 consecutive years with at least one win to tie Schumacher’s mark set between 1992-2006. And, like the record seven championships, the unbelievable record of 15 consecutive seasons with a win mark looks set to end in a stalemate.


The great Lewis Hamilton just doesn’t look like a winner in 2022. And since the regulations in Formula 1 don’t change significantly before 2026, the chances are increasing that Hamilton won’t return to the top of the podium.

Maybe it’s time for Hamilton to gracefully leave the table. Maybe it’s time for him to cash in on him and let the experts write his legacy. Let the scribes argue for centuries who had the better race between Hamilton and Schumacher, between Hamilton and Ayrton Senna.

Hamilton’s resume is going to be hard to beat: seven championships, 103 wins, 184 podiums, 103 pole positions. No one currently running is touching them. Among the active drivers, Sebastian Vettel is next with 53 wins. The best driver on the planet right now, Max Verstappen, is 26.

There is nothing wrong with Hamilton walking away.

Jackie Stewart, right, greets Lewis Hamilton on the podium in Australia in 2015.

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Three-time Formula 1 champion Jackie Stewart agrees it might be time for Hamilton to end his career.

“It’s time for him to step down. He’s got music, he’s got culture, he loves clothes and the rag trade would be absolutely right for him,” Stewart, 83, told the Convex Conversation podcast. “I am sure that he will be very successful because he has been making a lot of money, rightly so because he has been the best of his time. Lewis is in that group of the Ayrton Sennas and the Alain Prosts, or even the Jackies.” . Maybe the Stewarts.”

Stewart was one of those all-time greats who came out on top. He retired from Formula 1 following his 1973 championship. Stewart retired after a season in which he won five times and captured his third championship in five years.

Stewart was just 34 years old when he walked away from the sport. No doubt there were those who thought he had a lot left in the tank, a lot of opportunities to add to his own legacy.

Enough is enough, Stewart said.

Today, Stewart says that Hamilton, who managed just two third places in nine races to start the 2022 season, may have written the last chapter when it comes to wins and championships.

“It’s a shame he didn’t quit at the top, but I don’t think that’s going to happen now,” Stewart said. “However, it’s wiser to stop than to go through all the pain of not being able to do what you were doing before.”

No, Hamilton may not be able to come out on top. But even tied for the top it’s not all bad.

“He’s handled the sport well,” Stewart said. “I would like to see him resign now.”

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