7-time Components One earth winner Lewis Hamilton indicated on Thursday he was unlikely to retire at the close of a period that he hoped would be the most thrilling still.
The 36-calendar year-outdated Mercedes driver has signed only a a single-calendar year deal extension, casting question on the intentions for 2022 of the sport’s all-time most profitable driver and major individuality.
“In the present-day position I am in, I really don’t experience like this is the close,” the Briton informed reporters ahead of Sunday’s period-opening Bahrain Grand Prix when requested if he was wondering it could be his past calendar year.
“We have bought these (rule) modifications that are occurring up coming calendar year which are thrilling. I consider this appears like it could be the most thrilling period still, we’ve bought new groups, we’ve bought new formats (it really is) finding closer.
“I really don’t experience like I am at the close. The up coming 8 months or so I’ll discover out whether I am all set to cease or not, I really don’t consider I will individually, but you by no means know.”
Hamilton’s Mercedes crew have received the past seven drivers’ and constructors’ titles when the Briton is established to become the initially driver to acquire a hundred races with his job tally now on 95.
He has a lot of outside the house pursuits, even so, in music and manner and has also become a outstanding campaigner for variety and equal legal rights.
“I really don’t stop when the going gets rough,” stated Hamilton. “I wished a a single-calendar year deal… I am absolutely committed to this sport. I consider this sport is in the most effective location it really is been in terms of methods we are having.
“I enjoy what I am accomplishing. I’ve arrived additional psyched than I have in a long time… we are going to have a really excellent struggle, a single way or yet another, and that’s what I’ve normally loved.”
The 2021 period is the past just before key rule modifications and Mercedes are anticipated to experience a rough task soon after a hard 3-working day take a look at in Bahrain with a automobile that appeared tricky to take care of.
Rivals Purple Bull, with hungry youthful Dutch driver Max Verstappen and experienced Mexican Sergio Perez, experienced a much better take a look at and seemed in great problem to mount a challenge.
“We’re in the most effective form we can quite possibly be in looking at that we only experienced 3 times of tests,” stated Hamilton.
“There is certainly been a enormous volume of evaluation, the engineers and men again at the factory… to consider and understand, churn the quantities, quantify and make enhancements. I consider we come listed here constructive.”