Hamilton says his relationship with F1 “has become a love-hate story”

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Lewis Hamilton says he “underestimated” his love for F1, and reveals his battles with George Russell give him additional motivation.

In 2023 Lewis Hamilton has signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes, which means he will be driving for the team until at least the end of 2025. This means he will be almost 41 years old when his contract expires.

In an interview with BLICK, Lewis was reminded that he once said he will not be competing in F1 into his forites.

“I have to admit that I underestimated my love for the sport,” the Briton said.

“But it has become a love-hate story. There are days when I would prefer not to get into the cockpit.”

He added his battles with team-mate George Russell give him additional motivation.

“The duels with my team-mate George also give me the motivation. You always have to be wide awake.”

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When asked what the difference is between him when he started his career back in 2007, and him now in 2023, Lewis said:

“First of all, that’s 16 freaking years. In the first year of Formula 1 I was 22. I was still a child, inexperienced, fast, but I didn’t feel very comfortable in my own skin at the time.

“I was on a journey of discovery of my personality and who I wanted to be.

“[Now] I’m much happier than I was then, and I know who I am. I know my goals outside of the racetrack and would say that I have done a lot of things right.

“I enjoy what I get to do, and we should all learn to never say never,” Hamilton concluded.

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