Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver bullish on F1 future, ‘with a lot left within the tank’ after 300th race


Lewis Hamilton’s present contract expires on the finish of 2023 however he says he is having fun with System 1 “greater than ever” after his 300th race; Hamilton completed second at French GP, his finest results of the season

Final Up to date: 25/07/22 5:59am


Lewis Hamilton mentioned after his 300th F1 race that he feels he is acquired “loads of gasoline within the tank”, and welcomed talks with Mercedes about his future.

Hamilton, 37, turned the sixth driver within the sport’s historical past to succeed in a triple century by racing within the French GP, and whereas his present contract expires in 2023, the prospect of him extending was a speaking level over the weekend.

Mercedes boss Toto Wolff egged on that narrative on Saturday as, smiling as he spoke to reporters, he mentioned: “We talked a couple of weeks in the past about how lengthy our partnership can go, and the quantity that was mentioned was 5 to 10 years, so I believe we will get to 400 [races]!”

“Somebody as soon as mentioned you haven’t simply acquired to win the eighth Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver bullish on F1 future, ‘with a lot left within the tank’ after 300th race, so why not 10?” added Wolff with fun.

Hamilton was questioned about that 400 benchmark after Sunday’s race, the place he completed second, and responded: “That is a variety of races!”

Lewis Hamilton praises the Mercedes team for an 'incredible result' after finishing in second place ahead of George Russell in third.

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Lewis Hamilton praises the Mercedes crew for an ‘unimaginable end result’ after ending in second place forward of George Russell in third.

Lewis Hamilton praises the Mercedes crew for an ‘unimaginable end result’ after ending in second place forward of George Russell in third.

However Hamilton, who has spoken earlier than about not desirous to proceed racing into his 40s, additionally hinted he was prepared to race on.

“I firstly simply wish to be grateful to get up to now,” he mentioned. “I am nonetheless recent and nonetheless really feel I’ve acquired loads of gasoline left within the tank.

“In fact I wish to get again to successful methods and that is going to take time. I am positive we’ll sit down at some stage and speak concerning the future.”

Hamilton continued: “I am having fun with what I am doing, and really feel actually proud working with this unimaginable group of individuals.

“I am additionally having fun with working with the game greater than ever. We have got some nice individuals main the game, we’re having nice conversations concerning the route we’re getting in.

“I am having fun with it greater than ever.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff says the team effort was great as they secured their first double podium of the season.

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Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff says the crew effort was nice as they secured their first double podium of the season.

Mercedes crew principal Toto Wolff says the crew effort was nice as they secured their first double podium of the season.

Hamilton signed his contract firstly of 2021, and he will likely be virtually 39 by the tip of it.

The seven-time world champion continues to be ready for his first victory in 2022, with Max Verstappen having prolonged his title result in 63 factors over Charles Leclerc by successful Sunday’s race on the Paul Ricard circuit.

Hamilton’s second place, although, was his finest results of the season, whereas Mercedes additionally claimed their first double podium of 2022.

May Hamilton proceed? Rosberg’s verdict

Nico Rosberg believes his ex-teammate Lewis Hamilton is 'still motivated' and believes the 37-year-old will carry on in F1 for a few more seasons.

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Nico Rosberg believes his ex-teammate Lewis Hamilton is ‘nonetheless motivated’ and believes the 37-year-old will stick with it in F1 for a couple of extra seasons.

Nico Rosberg believes his ex-teammate Lewis Hamilton is ‘nonetheless motivated’ and believes the 37-year-old will stick with it in F1 for a couple of extra seasons.

2016 world champion Nico Rosberg on Sky Sports activities Information:

“It seems to be like he is in an excellent place nonetheless and relishing this new problem of getting George subsequent to him, as a result of it is nonetheless as vital as ever to Lewis to beat his team-mate.

“He is nonetheless motivated, so I do see him persevering with, why not for a pair extra years?

“By way of efficiency, take a look at Fernando Alonso. He is 40 years previous and he is nonetheless driving at his very, absolute best.”

Hamilton hails ‘incredible’ best result of 2022 | Merc ‘on right path’

Hamilton hailed an “unimaginable end result” on the French GP as he achieved his finest end of the season in his milestone 300th System 1 race.

Hamilton, beginning fourth, loved an ideal begin on Sunday after which sped away from Purple Bull’s Sergio Perez – whereas Charles Leclerc’s crash then elevated him proper behind Max Verstappen.

Highlights of the French Grand Prix which saw Max Verstappen claimed his seventh win of the season, ahead of Lewis Hamilton.

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Highlights of the French Grand Prix which noticed Max Verstappen claimed his seventh win of the season, forward of Lewis Hamilton.

Highlights of the French Grand Prix which noticed Max Verstappen claimed his seventh win of the season, forward of Lewis Hamilton.

Whereas Hamilton could not keep on with Verstappen, with Mercedes nonetheless not in a position to match their rivals and nonetheless ready for that elusive first victory of the season, the second-place end was his better of 2022 and continued his podium streak.

“What a day and weekend,” Hamilton advised Sky Sports activities F1. “I am so pleased with the crew, that is an unimaginable end result.

“Profitable races and getting outcomes like this, it is about the entire bundle.

“In fact, we all know that we do not have fairly the tempo of the 2 groups forward however reliability is a large elementary a part of the method. I am so pleased with my crew for having the reliability that we do have.”





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