Hamilton, amid title chase, talks post-racing options

Mon Nov 3, 2014 5:03pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton is already planning for a life after Formula One even as he zooms in on a second world championship.

The 29-year-old Briton, who has 10 wins this season and leads Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg by 24 points with two races remaining, has a year left on his current contract and a long racing future ahead of him.

However, Hamilton told British reporters after winning Sunday's U.S. Grand Prix that he had started thinking more about what he wanted to do when he eventually hangs up his helmet.

He gave few clues but indicated he would want to do something different.

"A lot of the drivers come back and do reporting and commentary. I would personally have different plans and aspirations," he said, speaking at a race where at least five former world champions were involved in some sort of media or promotional work.

"It's positioning myself so that when I stop, I have something to continue on with. There's going to be an undeniable urge to want to get back in the car," he acknowledged.

"I've been racing since I was eight years old so that's going to be natural as it was for Michael (Schumacher), as it was for every driver."

Schumacher retired from Ferrari as a seven times world champion in 2006 but returned with Mercedes in 2010 for a disappointing three-year comeback in which the German failed to win a race.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain dons a cowboy hat after winning the F1 United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas November 2, 2014.         REUTERS/Adrees Latif