7-times World Champion Lewis Hamilton has opened up to discuss his future in Formula 1. The 37-years-old, who reached his 300th race during the French Grand Prix, admitted he still feels the need to be competitive in the sport.
With 103 wins and pole positions and 187 podiums, Sir Lewis Hamilton is easily the most successful athlete in the history of Formula 1. The French Grand Prix also saw the Brit enter the exclusive club of drivers that have raced at least 300 hundred races in their career, joining the likes of Kimi Raikkonen, Fernando Alonso, Rubens Barrichello, former teammate Jenson Button, and Michael Schumacher.
While Hamilton’s past in F1 is already part of the history of the sport, the Brit admitted he is not likely to leave the sport soon, as declared during the FIA post-race press conference: ” I firstly just want to be grateful to get to this point. But I still feel fresh and still feel like I’ve got plenty of fuel left in the tank. So, I’m enjoying what I’m doing. I’m enjoying… really, really proud and enjoying arriving every day and working with this incredible group of people.”
Moreover, to sustain Hamilton’s connection with the sport is also the recent stance taken in supporting Hamilton’s battles outside of the track: “I’m also enjoying working with the sport more than ever. We’ve got some great people leading the sport and having great conversations about the direction we’re going as a sport, so I’m enjoying it more than ever.”
2022 is certainly not up to the usual standard of Mercedes, even dropping down to third in the Constructors’ Championship but Hamilton confirmed his intention to continue with the team: “I would say in that space, of course, I want to get back to winning ways and that’s going to take time, but I’m sure we’ll sit down at some stage and talk about the future. But again, just with our team, I always want to continue to be building. It’s one thing having races, but it’s also continuing the work that we do outside and doing more, which I think Mercedes and us can always do more, and we will.”
Now, the immediate challenge for the Mercedes driver will be to keep up his unique record of always having won at least a race in every season he competed in so far in his career. Could the sport acknowledge Hamilton make history once again?
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