Two-time Formula 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen has questioned Lewis Hamilton's commitment, believing that his mindset might not be "100% in racing anymore."
Mercedes Team Principal Toto Wolff has indicated that he would like to reach an agreement with Hamilton on his future at the team as soon as possible amid speculation over Hamilton's future.
But the 1998 and 1999 champion, who previously raced with McLaren when they had Mercedes engines, thinks Hamilton's priorities might have changed as he has aged and faced challenges from fellow Briton George Russell.
“I always say that when people get older, the order of your thoughts change. Your priorities in life change," he told UniBet.
“Formula 1 just won’t be the most important thing anymore. It wouldn’t surprise me when the competition gets tougher and young drivers emerge, what George Russell is doing with Lewis at the moment, result-wise, it’s not an easy situation.
“Does money motivate drivers? I know Lewis’ head is not 100% in racing anymore. It’s completely normal."
Viewed by others:
Ferrari move would be 'a surprise'
There was speculation over whether Hamilton would move to Ferrari as his next career move, given that his current deal with Mercedes expires at the end of 2023.
Hakkinen thinks any more regardless would be "a surprise" but conceded such a move would be unlikely given his ties to the Mercedes brand.
“Lewis Hamilton joining Ferrari would be a surprise,” said Hakkinen.
“But does money motivate? Of course, it does, but there are many risks involved. I think it’s highly unlikely he will join Ferrari."