Lewis Hamilton insists he is as determined as ever to win an eighth F1 title, despite a troubled 2022.
There were fears the British hero could quit the sport in the wake of his controversial defeat to Max Verstappen in last year’s world title fight. Mercedes’ lack of pace compared to Red Bull and Ferrari this year has also raised questions over his future in the sport. However, as the wait goes on for his first win of 2022, Hamilton has pledged his commitment to both F1 and Mercedes.
“For years we’ve been going around, up and down with stories of retirement and stopping," said Hamilton, as reported by Formula1.com. "For me, I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt, as I focus a lot on that – I’m feeling fit. I love what I’m doing and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
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“My goal was always to be with Mercedes. I love that we have the long partnership we have. I feel like we are embarking on a lot of really positive things, not only in the sport, but outside. I think there’s a lot of work, a lot to accomplish together, so I want to be a part of that.
“I think I’ll always be with Mercedes until the day I die. I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer, so I’ll be potentially steering towards that.”
An eighth title would take him clear of Michael Schumacher as the most successful F1 champion in history.
“For sure, it’s a challenge. For me, it’s just winning another World Championship,” he said. “[With] every one, I've approached it as my first, and the feeling of winning the World Championship is so unique and special in its own way.
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“Of course, the idea that no driver in history has ever gone past seven, you want to try and accomplish that. But I guess – as you get older – you realise the journey is the most important part and the ride that you do with all the people, and all the people that you bring with you, and all the people that you try to elevate…
“There’s an opportunity to elevate lots of people, not only in your team, but with the work that we’re doing, with Mission 44 [his charitable foundation which supports young from underserved backgrounds] – there’s a much bigger picture to it.
“But from a personal point of view, winning another world title continues to be a goal. I’ll be so proud to be able to do that for this team.”
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