Hamilton has ‘loads left within the tank’ after reaching 300 F1 race landmark

Seven-time F1 world champion Hamilton celebrated his three hundredth grand prix begin at Paul Ricard, changing into solely the sixth driver in historical past to succeed in the milestone.

At 37, Hamilton is the second-oldest driver on the grid, solely behind Fernando Alonso, and has beforehand talked down the probabilities of him nonetheless racing in F1 when he’s 40.

However Mercedes F1 boss Wolff steered on Saturday that latest discussions with Hamilton about the way forward for their partnership coated a 5-10 yr interval, including: “I believe we will go to 400.”

Hamilton recorded his finest results of the season in France as he completed second behind 2021 title rival Max Verstappen, main house Mercedes team-mate George Russell in third place.

Requested concerning the 400-race landmark and the opportunity of a long-term keep in F1, Hamilton replied: “That’s a variety of races!

“I firstly simply wish to be grateful to get up to now. However I nonetheless really feel contemporary and nonetheless really feel like I’ve received loads of gasoline left within the tank.

“I am having fun with what I am doing. I’m actually, actually proud and having fun with arriving day-after-day and dealing with this unbelievable group of individuals.

“I’m additionally having fun with working with the game greater than ever. We have some nice individuals main the game and having nice conversations concerning the path we’re going as a sport.

“So I am having fun with it greater than ever.”

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13, 2nd position, crosses the line

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13, 2nd place, crosses the road

Photograph by: Mark Sutton / Motorsport Photographs

Hamilton has been a number one voice pushing for motion in F1 to enhance variety and inclusion, aided by his Mission 44 initiative and Ignite, his joint charity with Mercedes.

After narrowly lacking out on a record-breaking eighth world title final yr, Hamilton has struggled to match his latest championship-winning type up to now this season as Mercedes didn’t match the efficiency of Pink Bull and Ferrari below the brand new technical laws.

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Hamilton’s current Mercedes F1 deal expires on the finish of subsequent season, however he was clear about eager to return to preventing for victories as soon as once more in F1 with the staff.

“After all, I wish to get again to profitable methods and that is going to take time, however I am positive we’ll sit down at some stage and discuss concerning the future,” Hamilton mentioned.

“However once more, simply with our staff, I all the time wish to proceed to be constructing. It’s one factor having races, however it’s additionally persevering with the work that we do exterior and doing extra, which I believe Mercedes and us can all the time do extra, and we are going to.”

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