That’s what FIA president Jean Todt admitted at the opening of the new Hall of Fame in Paris.
Hamilton bolstered his claim to being one of F1’s best ever drivers by securing his fourth World Drivers’ Championship in October.
That achievement means Juan Manuel Fangio, on five, and Michael Schumacher, on seven, are the only men to have won more titles than him.
However, Hamilton has cast doubt on whether he’ll be competing in F1 for long enough to overhaul and surpass motorsport legend Schumacher.
And Todt says the Mercedes driver could walk away from F1 in the not too distant future.
“We admire him what he has done,” said Todt.
“It’s a combination of a man, team and machine.
“He had the best combination to be able to achieve that and use his natural talent.
“How many years he would like to do that? We don’t know.
“One day you wake up and you feel it’s time to do something different.
“Maybe he will not feel that.
“But I wish him well.”
Hamilton is under contract at Mercedes until the end of the 2018 campaign.
And he’ll be looking to get his title defence off to the best possible start in Australia next March.
Source : EXPRESS