After securing a new multi-year contract with Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton has opened up about his internal contemplations regarding his Formula One career.
The new deal, which extends his partnership with Mercedes until at least 2025, brings clarity to months of speculation about Hamilton’s future in the sport.
Hamilton, who has raced with Mercedes for a decade, admitted that he had moments of introspection, questioning whether he should continue with the team that has been his home for so long.
However, a pivotal moment during this year’s championship reaffirmed his determination to compete at the highest level.
“That reminded me of the past and just confirmed to me that I still have what it takes to compete at the front.
“I know a lot of people out there are like ’38 I’m getting old.’
“I’m like ‘I feel great. I feel young. I can still train, I can still drive,'” Hamilton remarked.
“There’s so much more to do, and so I’m just about pushing myself.”
The new contract not only secures Hamilton’s future but also extends an opportunity for teammate George Russell, who will also stay with Mercedes until 2025.
Despite constant speculation in recent months, Hamilton consistently affirmed his commitment to Mercedes.
Still, rumours had linked him to a potential switch to Ferrari or even retiring from the sport altogether.
Hamilton’s goals with Mercedes remain crystal clear.
He is focused on winning the World Championship and toppling the current constructors’ championship leaders.
“The goal within those two years is 100 per cent to be fighting and win a world championship.
“We are second in the constructors’ championship right now, and we want to dethrone those who are at the top.
“I have 100 per cent faith that we can do that,” Hamilton asserted.
Considering his long-term plans, Hamilton hinted at staying in Formula One for an extended period.
However, he also acknowledged that circumstances could change.
“But it could change.
“I could come back next year and be like ‘damn it’. Who knows?
“You never know where you are going to be in life,” he stated.