Jenson Button is adamant Lewis Hamilton will not walk away from F1 at the end of this season because he is no longer winning.
The 2009 F1 champion, who spent three years as Hamilton's team-mate with McLaren from 2010-12, is instead convinced his fellow Britonis driven by the hunger to become an eight-time title-winner.
Unfortunately for Hamilton, he is currently enduring the longest winless steak of his F1 career that now stretches to 27 grands prix.
And with Hamilton yet to put pen to paper on another contract extension with the team, that has sparked speculation he could walk away once his current deal expires in seven months' time.
Button, though, has no doubt that will not be the case.
“I don't think Lewis is going to walk away from the sport,” said Button.
“As a racing driver, there are two things. One is if you've been winning for so long and then suddenly not, you want to fight back to win, so you're not going to retire.
“To come at it another way, if you're in a bad car for many years, you want to retire because it just gets you down.
“But Lewis is not in a bad car. He's just in a car that is not as good as what he is used to.”
Hamilton, meanwhile, is a yawning 45-points adrift.
“He (Hamilton) knows the strength of the team,” added Button.
“He knows how quick he is still and they're going to work together to get back to fighting with Red Bull, and I think they will.
“It probably won't be this year, but in 2024, I think we see Lewis on the grid.
“He's still hungry, and he's still hungry to win another world championship.”