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Lewis Hamilton reveals main motivation for staying in Formula 1

The seven-time World Champion is determined to end a winless streak that spans over two full seasons in the sport

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Lewis Hamilton has revealed that the feeling of “standing on the top step” is what keeps him fighting in the Formula One World Championship.

Hamilton wins crazy Saudi GP to level with Verstappen | Reuters
Hamilton’s last win came at the 2021 Saudi Arabia Grand Prix in controversial fashion, which included a coming together with Title rival Max Verstappen (Image Credit: REUTERS)

It has now been 757 days since the seven-time World Champion took the chequered flag first at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.

The Briton eventually lost out to Max Verstappen for the Drivers’ crown that year. And it’s only really been downhill since then for Hamilton. Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team have not adjusted well to the ground-effect regulations in place since the beginning of the 2022 campaign.

2023 was a slight improvement on the previous season, as the Brackley-based outfit leapfrogged rivals Scuderia Ferrari to second in the Constructors’ Championship.

Hamilton even secured pole position for that year’s Hungarian Grand Prix, but the dominance of Verstappen and Oracle Red Bull Racing means the veteran has now endured two entire seasons without a race victory.

There were rumours throughout last year that Hamilton could move to another team or even retire as a result of Mercedes’ struggles. But the 38-year-old has now reinforced his desire to stay in the sport, and remain with the team he switched to back in 2013.

Why Hamilton won’t retire just yet

Speaking to media, Hamilton stated that the determination to win races again is still very strong, and that nothing beats the feeling of winning a race.

When asked what his top motivating factors for staying in F1 were, he said: “It’s the dream of standing on the top step, seeing your team.”

“One of the most amazing things is being able to look back and having the flag of the nation rising behind you, and seeing the team.”

The British driver reminisced about previous wins with Mercedes, and his will to replicate the same feelings again. He continued: “I remember the first win I had with this team. I have a particular picture of 2015 in Australia with them down there in tears… it was just amazing to be a part of that.”

“The power of that is a huge part of the drive. Winning the world championship is a huge part of the drive.”

Hamilton will be seeking an eighth World Title in the upcoming 2024 season, surpassing the record he currently shares with German F1 hero Michael Schumacher.

Feature Image Credit: Steve Etherington for Mercedes-Benz Grand Prix Ltd.

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