Lewis Hamilton hoping to race on previous 40 with new Mercedes contract

Hamilton, who can be 38 on January 5, joined Mercedes in 2013 after beginning his F1 profession with McLaren in 2007.

Hamilton, who can be 38 on January 5, joined Mercedes in 2013 after beginning his F1 profession with McLaren in 2007.

Lewis Hamilton has mentioned he hopes to signal a brand new multi-year contract with Mercedes and proceed racing in Method One into his forties.

Chatting with reporters forward of this weekend’s Mexican Grand Prix, the seven-time world champion revealed he was in talks with the staff about one other multi-year.

Requested about his future, Hamilton, 37, mentioned: “You are caught with me for fairly a bit longer.

“We’re going to do one other deal. We’re going to sit down and focus on it in these subsequent couple of months.”

Hamilton, who can be 38 on January 5, joined Mercedes in 2013 after beginning his F1 profession with McLaren in 2007.

He gained his first title in 2008 and holds data for many victories (103) and pole positions (103), however this yr faces finishing a season with out profitable a single race for the primary time.

“I wish to preserve racing,” he mentioned.

“I really like what I do. I have been doing it for 30 years and I do not really feel that I ought to must cease. I feel I’m at present nonetheless incomes my preserve. I nonetheless wish to do higher.

“I might cease now — and I’ve numerous different issues within the pipeline that I can be super-focused and super-busy with – (however) I am right here for the sheer love of working within the organisation that I am in.

“Mercedes-Benz have caught with me via thick and skinny. They caught with me via being expelled in school.

“They caught with me via every thing that was happening via 2020. They’ve caught with me via my errors and thru the ups and downs.”

He declined to contemplate if he might be described as Method One’s ‘biggest of all time’ driver.

When requested by American tv host Jimmy Kilmmel, he replied: “I do know what I’m. I understand how good I’m, however I do not actually like to speak about it.

“I like to only do the speaking on the observe.

“That is what my dad at all times mentioned. After I was a child once we had been racing, we had been on the receiving finish of plenty of discrimination as a result of we had been the one folks of color on the racetrack.

“My dad mentioned simply do my speaking on the observe. So, even as we speak I do not really feel like I must say something. I simply let my what I am doing on the circuit, what I am doing off the circuit, type of speak.”

After a disappointing begin to the season, when his Mercedes automobile suffered continual ‘porpoising’ and bouncing issues, Hamilton has progressively clawed his approach again to type and led final Sunday’s United States Grand Prix earlier than ending second behind world champion Max Verstappen of Crimson Bull.

Mercedes staff chief Toto Wolff mentioned: “Lewis drove an impressive race to complete second — we have to preserve this momentum going. Whereas we did not fairly have the tempo to win, it was nice to be within the combine on the entrance and main the race.”

He added that Mercedes felt cautiously optimistic about this Sunday’s race though Hamilton steered a race win this yr was unlikely.

Hamilton additionally made clear that he had little interest in being handed the 2021 title by the Worldwide Motoring Federation (FIA) if it was because of Crimson Bull’s breach of final yr’s finances cap, an offence for which no punishment has been agreed or introduced.

“After I heard about this value factor, for certain, it brings up somewhat little bit of emotion since you type of bury it and transfer on after which it comes again up – and it is like one other kick,” he mentioned.

“However I’ve moved on from it. I refuse to stay previously.”

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