Lewis Hamilton, the leading driver of Mercedes AMG Petronas, believes that he can achieve whatever he wants by maintaining his skills and working hard. In a recent interview where he was asked to open up about his contract with Mercedes, Hamilton revealed that he has no plans to retire by the end of 2023. Despite facing disappointments and criticism over the past two years, the Briton remained determined toward his goals and made one thing clear. He would not give up. Despite his age and the challenges facing Mercedes, the seven-time world champion intends to stay and pursue his goal of becoming an eight-time F1 world champion.
When Mercedes finally failed to commit a comeback in 2023 after facing a drastic defeat last year, F1 pundits and Lewis Hamilton’s well-wishers suggested he must leave! He must SWITCH! in order to take the championship that “was taken from him,” perhaps back in 2021 by Max Verstappen. Lewis needs a championship-winning car, which by staying in Mercedes seems impossible. And as his contract with the Brackley-based team marks its end by this year, fans speculated Hamilton must not return to Mercedes in 2024. But all of them were wrong because Mr. Hamilton cannot even imagine himself staying away from his team. Do you not remember once he said, “Mercedes is my family“? You don’t gotta change your family, right? Neither is he retiring nor switching.
“I Am In My Prime,” Says Lewis Hamilton In No Mood To Switch
Meanwhile, speaking with ESPN just after the Baku Weekend, where Lewis Hamilton secured the worst performance of the season so far, he said, “I am not planning to stop any time soon.” He explained what goes through his mind. It doesn’t matter how it appears to others. You may say Hamilton’s era is over, or you may call it an end to Mercedes’s domination. But the Mercedes driver thinks, “I am in my prime.” He does not think he is on the “downhill slope” of his career. This is not the end of his career, he claimed.
Nevertheless, Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time world champion, did not have won a single race in the 2022 F1 season. But he still believes, “It all depends on how hard I work”. Keeping himself in his prime in terms of physical and mental capability, the driver is ready to face it all. Whatever may come, he is ready to fight.
Lewis Hamilton’s reassurance about staying in the sport did not end with the above claims. He continued to elaborate on what motivates him to stay. He reminded us about LeBron James and Tom Brady. The Briton said, “They have shown that it can be sustained for as long as you are dedicated enough to use your put your energy and time.”
Amid those rumors that claimed Hamilton’s new contract might end his career in some other. Or he may not even sign any other. The driver himself stepped in and clarified the matter. Lewis doesn’t plan on changing, as he is only planning to add things in order to develop the motivation to drive better. “I am massively driven,” the Briton said in the end.