Lewis Hamilton says he’s “nonetheless on a mission” and is open to persevering with in Components 1 past his present two-year Mercedes extension.
At 37 years of age Hamilton is the second oldest driver on the Components 1 grid however, like Fernando Alonso who lately signed a multi-year take care of Aston Martin, has no plans to retire.
Hamilton’s present contract with Mercedes runs by way of to the tip of 2023 and though there have been a whole lot of rumours and hypothesis about his future, the Briton doesn’t see a purpose to name it quits.
“I’ll be mendacity if I mentioned that I hadn’t considered extending,” Hamilton mentioned in an interview with Vainness Truthful.
“I’m nonetheless on the mission, I’m nonetheless loving driving, I’m nonetheless being challenged by it. So I don’t actually really feel like I’ve to present it up anytime quickly.”
It’s not concerning the numbers however the love of racing for Lewis Hamilton
Hamilton has been dogged by rumours of his imminent retirement for a number of years now.
Matching Michael Schumacher’s file of seven World titles in 2020 it was thought that might be it for the Briton as he had achieved the best feat any Components 1 driver had ever managed, and one which many believed again in 2004 would by no means be repeated.
He, nonetheless, continued into 2021, that certainly being his final season, as he would break that file. However having been denied in controversial circumstances, opinions about whether or not or not he’d been again in 2022 have been break up.
Some pundits mentioned he would stroll away, disillusioned with sport after race director Michael Masi robbed him of the title on the final lap of the marketing campaign, whereas others mentioned he’d be again stronger and hungrier than ever earlier than. It was the latter who have been proper, Hamilton leaving it late to substantiate his place on the 2022 grid.
However, it’s honest to say, he didn’t return with a bang – Mercedes’ fault, not his.
The crew’s troubles had the driving force himself admitting that whereas the early a part of the season was reasonably unenjoyable however with enhancing outcomes, and Mercedes closing in on first win of the season, Hamilton is as soon as once more loving competing.
Ought to Mercedes’ trajectory again to the sharp finish proceed, an eighth title could but await Hamilton in 2023. So why not push for a ninth a 12 months later and be sure that file is rarely damaged.