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‘I’ll always be with Mercedes’ says Hamilton as he opens up on what an 8th title would mean to him | Formula 1®

Lewis Hamilton has made clear that he’s not planning to cease racing “any time soon” as he continues his quest for what can be a record-breaking eighth Formula 1 World Championship.

Hamilton, 37, just lately made his three hundredth Grand Prix begin in an F1 profession that has seen him notch up probably the most pole positions (103) and victories (103) of all time – whereas equalling Michael Schumacher on seven titles.

Despite narrowly lacking out on the crown in 2021, and being unable to struggle for general honours this season attributable to Mercedes’ struggles, the Briton feels he’s in peak situation and nonetheless has loads of urge for food so as to add to his achievements.

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Asked about his plans past 2023, and whether or not he has had any conversations with Mercedes, Hamilton mentioned: “For years we’ve been going round, up and down with tales of retirement and stopping. For me, I really feel more healthy than I’ve ever felt, as I focus quite a bit on that – I’m feeling match. I like what I’m doing and I don’t plan on stopping any time quickly.

“My purpose was at all times to be with Mercedes. I like that we have now the lengthy partnership we have now. I really feel like we’re embarking on a whole lot of actually constructive issues, not solely within the sport, however outdoors. I believe there’s a whole lot of work, quite a bit to perform collectively, so I wish to be part of that.

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“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.”

As such, Hamilton has his sights fastened on including to his tally of world titles going ahead – however burdened that “elevating” folks round him and making an impression together with his Mission 44 basis is of equal significance.

On the duty forward, and what it could imply to succeed, Hamilton mentioned: “For certain, it’s a problem. For me, it’s simply profitable one other World Championship. [With] each one, I’ve approached it as my first, and the sensation of profitable the World Championship is so distinctive and particular in its personal means.

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“Of course, the concept no driver in historical past has ever gone previous seven, you wish to attempt to accomplish that. But I suppose – as you become older – you realise the journey is crucial half and the trip that you simply do with all of the folks, and all of the folks that you simply carry with you, and all of the folks that you simply attempt 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 – 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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