Lewis Hamilton has caused concern by posting a worrying message on Instagram.
The Formula 1 world champion shared a post to his Instagram story that included him talking about “shutting down” and “giving up on everything”.
The Mercedes driver, winner of the F1 world title on five occasions and leading this year’s standings from teammate Valeri Bottas, said: "Honestly, I feel like giving up on everything.
"Shut down completely. Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don't seem to care.
"I'm going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts.
"Thank you to those of you who do give a damn about the world."
It comes just days after his Mercedes team confirmed the constructors’ championship for the sixth time. The win was overshadowed somewhat by the recent death of F1 icon Niki Lauda.
Also on Instagram, he wrote: "We are 6 times World Champions, wow it’s still not sunk in. You can’t imagine how hard it’s been for us all, we lost our dear friend Niki this year, it’s been a tough battle but this one is definitely for him.”
Hamilton has been dominant this season. On course for a third consecutive drivers’ championship, the 34-year-old has won nine races so far in 2019. Bottas, his closest competitor has three, with Charles Leclerc, Max Verstappen (two each) and Sebastian Vettel (one) just behind.
Hamilton will win his sixth championship if he wins the next race in Mexico City, assuming Bottas finishes fifth or lower. Another world title would move him to within one of Michael Schumacher’s record of seven.
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