The forced break from the corona crisis has given Lewis Hamilton renewed energy. The six-time world champion thinks he will remain active in Formula 1 for another three years.
Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of this year. And while little seems to stand in the way of an extension of the commitment, it is still awaiting confirmation.
Hamilton was therefore asked at a press conference for the Grand Prix of Great Britain on Thursday whether he can guarantee his fans to be back next year. “That’s a good question from you. I can’t guarantee anything, but I definitely plan to be here again next year,” said the driver.
Although Hamilton turned 35 in January, there still seems to be no wear and tear on the Brit. He won two out of three races this year and leads the World Cup standings, with only teammate Valtteri Bottas as the serious competitor.
Hamilton: ‘I prefer to stay at this level forever’
Hamilton claimed to have benefited from the months-long hiatus from Formula 1 because of the corona pandemic. “I have been able to charge the battery and now feel that I have the energy to keep going for longer.”
“I prefer to stay at my current level forever, but of course there will come a time when it will become less physically and mentally. I don’t know when that is, but I think I will be just as good in the next two or three years. ”
Hamilton hinted to stop when his performance would decline. “My goal is to achieve good results for as long as possible. You have to earn your place on the grid every year.”
Schumacher’s records are coming
After his victory two weeks ago in Hungary, Hamilton has 86 victories in his career. This brings the record of Michael Schumacher of 91 victories in sight. The German legend also holds one world title more than Hamilton.
Hamilton seems to be able to match both records this season. With the recent addition of the Nürburgring, Portimao and Imola, the Formula 1 calendar currently contains thirteen Grands Prix and is expected to reach around sixteen with some races in the Middle East.
Lewis Hamilton in his Mercedes. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Hamilton still takes Red Bull into account
Hamilton did not dare to say on Thursday whether Mercedes can remain unbeaten this season. No racing stable has succeeded in the seventy-year history of Formula 1.
“As a team, our goal is to win every race, but you always face new challenges during a season,” said Hamilton.
“We have to take into account that the rest of the field is closing the gap. Red Bull always knows how to improve during a season and Ferrari of course still has some steps to take, but hopefully we will see them again in the top.”
Hamilton has already won the race at Silverstone six times, no other driver has won his home race more often. The next two weekends, the Mercedes driver will have the opportunity to increase that number to eight.
British GP start times
- First training: Friday at noon
- Second training: Friday 4 p.m.
- Third training: Saturday noon
- Qualification: Saturday 3 pm
- Race: Sunday 3.10 pm