Lewis Hamilton has hinted he might “in all probability” keep in F1 for one more 100 races as he nonetheless feels “younger and recent”. The remarks come months after Toto Wolff first prompt Hamilton might go to 400 races in his F1 profession.
The champion marked his three hundredth F1 race on the French Grand Prix on the finish of July with hypothesis excessive over his future. Hamilton’s two-year contract extension with Mercedes expires on the finish of 2023.
Nonetheless, the Briton has appeared to finish doubts over his future, suggesting he’s nonetheless “energised” to compete on the very prime of the game. Chatting with Canal+, Hamilton mentioned: “As loopy as it’s, 300 is such an enormous variety of races, but I really feel younger and recent. I nonetheless really feel simply as energised as I used to be 5 years in the past
“It is only a quantity. I might go to 400 in all probability.” It comes simply months after Hamilton advised Vogue he can be mendacity if he hadn’t considered extending his contract.
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Talking forward of the French Grand Prix, Mercedes boss Wolff claimed he had already held talks with Hamilton over his F1 future. He defined: “[Lewis and I] talked just a few weeks in the past about how lengthy our partnership can go and the determine mentioned was about 5 to 10 years, so I feel we will go to 400.”
On the time, Hamilton refused to simply accept that he might attain 400 races by the tip of his time within the sport. He added: “That is plenty of races! I firstly simply need to be grateful to get so far.
“However I nonetheless really feel recent and nonetheless really feel like I’ve bought loads of gas left within the tank. So, I am having fun with what I am doing.” However, Hamilton has beforehand prompt he did not need to stay in F1 previous the age of 40.
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This implies he could possibly be tempted to signal a one-year extension to 2024 to take him as much as the age of 39. However, Mercedes are prone to need to nail down their prized asset with a multi-year deal after delivering six world championships since 2014.
Pundits had prompt Hamilton might stroll away from F1 as a result of uncompetitive nature of his Mercedes automotive this season. However, Hamilton later addressed the issues, claiming it was not in his DNA to give up the workforce.