Hamilton was denied the feat in vastly controversial circumstances when a mishandled Security Automobile interval within the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix enabled Pink Bull’s Max Verstappen to clinch final yr’s crown.
The seven-time world champion hoped to battle again in 2022 however Mercedes’ troubled season has left him winless and out of title competition, whereas Verstappen has gone on to assert a second world championship in dominant vogue.
Hamilton, whose current F1 contract expires on the finish of 2023, made it clear forward of this weekend’s Mexico Metropolis Grand Prix that he plans to signal a brand new “multi-year” renewal with Mercedes.
“I’m not in a relationship, I don’t have children, my automobile is my child,” Hamilton is quoted by The Impartial.
The 37-year-old added: “If we might have a yr like final yr and we had been competing on the entrance all yr, who is aware of the place I’d be?
“Every year you must ask your self when you’re keen to provide as a lot if no more than you probably did once you first began. Are you keen to surrender all of your time to organize and practice and work with the staff and ship?
“If there’s ever a second that I am arriving and I am simply coasting alongside, then that is once I do not belong right here, and do not deserve the place right here, and that is once I ought to cease.
“I query myself as as to if I am in a position to try this and whether or not I wish to try this, and the reply is sure.
“We clearly have a championship that we have to get again, and I really like the mission and that problem with my staff.”
Hamilton stays decided to wrestle again supremacy from Verstappen and believes the challenges confronted by Mercedes will make returning to the highest much more satisfying.
“It has been stunning to see the journey that everybody individually has gone on, but additionally collectively how we’ve gelled collectively, pooled collectively, pulled up nearer to one another, been extra open,” he defined.
“With a room actually stuffed with males most frequently, them displaying extra of their vulnerability, that’s been a extremely attention-grabbing course of, and I’m grateful to be part of it.
“I can’t look ahead to the time that we get again to success, that we lastly get that win and we get that championship. It’s going to make all these robust moments worthwhile.”