Regarded as one of the F1's greats having accumulated 53 race wins and three world titles since his debut a decade ago – behind only Michael Schumaacher on the all-time list -, though Hamilton is largely considered the sport's biggest 'star' on a global scale he has continued to divide opinion too.
Scrutiny of his personal life – both through the popular media and his own use of social media platform – have particularly generated debate over the years, not least during the 2016 Japanese Grand Prix when he walked out of a press gathering in a protest against coverage of his .
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It is an issue that Ecclestone, who himself is no stranger to generating controversial column inches, fears will eventually force him to quit the sport altogether.
Speaking to Sky Sports F1 Ecclestone said: "What worries me a little bit is if Lewis suddenly thinks to himself 'I tell you what I'm going to do, I've had enough people criticising me, I'm going to be on pole in every race, win every race, and stop at the end of the year. I hope he doesn't do it."
Ecclestone's comments come after Hamilton's bitter rival and team-mate Nico Rosberg sensationally quit the sport days after securing his first F1 title, in part because of the intense pressures of competing at the highest level of the sport.
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