Hamilton on retirement plans: “I don’t plan on stopping any time soon”

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Lewis Hamilton says he thinks he’ll “always be with Mercedes, till the day I die”, and adds he feels “like I can race for quite a bit longer”.

Ahead of the Italian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked about recent speculation that Daniel Ricciardo could join Mercedes as a reserve driver, and then replace the Briton once his contract expires at the end of 2023.

Lewis completely dismissed the rumour and added he does not plan on stopping “any time soon”.

“For years we’ve been going around, up-and-down with stories of retirement, stopping,” Hamilton said.

“For me, I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt. I’m feeling fit, I love what I’m doing, and I don’t plan on stopping any time soon. Sorry buddy [turns to Ricciardo]!

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“But, my goal was always to be with Mercedes since I signed with them in 1997 [as a McLaren Mercedes junior driver].

“I love that we have the long partnership we have. I feel like we are embarking on a lot of really positive things, not only in the sport, but outside [as well].

“And I think there’s a lot to accomplish together, so I want to be a part of that. I think I’ll always be with Mercedes, till the day I die. I feel like I can race for quite a bit longer.

“I’ll potentially be steering towards that,” the Briton concluded.

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