Lewis Hamilton drops retirement hint

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff are reportedly still at odds over a Mercedes contract extension.

Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he intends to spend another five years in F1, with his contract talks with Mercedes ongoing.

Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of this year but it seems likely that he will stay with the Brackley-based outfit.

He has won six of his seven world championships with the Silver Arrows since joining in 2013.

Some will be surprised by the British racer’s insistence that he can carry on competing for so long, with Red Bull’s dominance continuing in the 2023 season.

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However, Hamilton says: “I’ve got more dedication than when I started in F1.”

The British driver explains that he has put immense work into staying in peak physical condition – and this will allow him to remain competitive well into his 40s.

After his first season without a win in F1 last year, Hamilton is “hungry” to get back on top and cement his legendary status.

Toto Wolff claimed that F1 “owed” Hamilton a record-breaking eighth championship – although this will be an elusive prize.

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The Mercedes driver hasn’t won a GP this year and Max Verstappen’s dominance doesn’t seem likely to end anytime soon.

Sky Sports reporters asked Hamilton how he managed to keep up high levels of dedication year after year.

Hamilton responded: “No, you’re wrong. I’ve got more dedication than I had back then.

“Naturally when you’re young, when you’re in your early 20s it comes a lot easier as you can rely more on your natural ability and it’s easier to be fit.

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“I have to train harder now, I work harder with my engineers. I’m more dedicated than I’ve ever been and I’m hungry. Yeah, I want to get back up there.”

Hamilton faced a packed Silverstone grandstand ahead of this weekend’s British Grand Prix while appearing on the F1 Show.

Questioned directly about the end of his career, Hamilton remarked: “I’m hoping to be a lot longer. I feel like I’ve got another five years in me at least – let’s see.”