Hamilton says he had no doubts about wanting to continue racing in F1

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After signing a two-year extension with Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton says the plan is to keep second in the Constructors’ Championship and then “close the gap to the guy ahead”.

Last week it was announced that Lewis Hamilton would continue racing for Mercedes until at least the end of 2025.

The Briton says he never considered leaving Mercedes for another team.

“Well, you’re all stuck with me for a little bit longer,” Lewis said.

“Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to be extending with this team. We’ve had such an incredible journey together.

“I mean, Mercedes have supported me since I was 13. So such a long trip. And we still have unfinished business.

“So, we are in this together, we’ve got a lot of work to do to get ourselves back to the front, but there’s no place I’d rather be.”

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Asked if there was ever any doubt in his mind as to whether he wanted to continue racing in F1, Lewis said:

“No, no, I definitely wanted to continue. I mean, I think in life, there’s always…

“When you have ups and downs, like last year was a difficult year, I’m pretty sure everyone was questioning whether they wanted to continue, because it’s just tough at the top. And it’s such a tough sport.

“But that feeling, that thought, quickly goes away and you put your work, you put your mind and your energy into being the best you can be and dealing with the situations that you’re faced with. And so I’m really proud of what we achieved last year to get through it.

“And then while we started on the wrong foot this year, to have had some really great results, we’re second in the Constructors’ Championship, and the plan is to keep that and then close the gap to the guy ahead,” Hamilton concluded.

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