Hamilton asked whether he will stay in F1 because of Verstappen

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Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said he intends to stay in Formula 1 beyond his current contract, and was asked if it was because of Max Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton’s current Mercedes contract ends at the end of 2023, but the Briton said he plans to compete in Formula 1 beyond that.

Considering how he lost the 2021 championship to Verstappen under controversial conditions, Lewis was asked if part of his motivation to stay in F1 is so that he can again battle the Dutch driver.

“Less than you’d think,” Lewis said.

“I think it’s more just where I am in life. I’ve got great things happening outside, I’ve got a lot of freedom to be able to do things.

“I’m building things outside of the sport with my foundation that I’ve just started, and it’s going to take a lot of work.

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“There’s a lot of work that still needs to be done in this sport and I can’t retire now because I’m only just embarking in helping shift and create a more open and inclusive environment here in this sport, and I’ve got to stay to help that continue.

“Also, I feel healthier than I have ever been, just because of what I eat and how I prepare myself and I love racing.

“I’ve been doing it since as long as I can remember, since I was five years old and that’s not going to go away. If I’m still fit and able to focus, why would I stop?

“And I can still do the other things that I want to do at the same time as well,” Hamilton concluded.

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