Hamilton says Mercedes’ 2022 plight “encouraged” him to stay in F1 longer

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Lewis Hamilton says he plans to remain in Formula 1 longer than his current contract, in order to help Mercedes return to the top again.

In 2022 Mercedes has been having a difficult time with their car. Although the team has improved as the season progressed, they are still unable to regularly challenge Red Bull and Ferrari for the top spot on the podium.

In an interview with RACER, Lewis talked about his determination to help the team return to its winning ways.

“Definitely because it’s going to take longer than one year,” the Briton said when asked if he plans on racing longer than his current contract.

“I think if we had just won last year and then we would win this year, definitely life would be in a different place and you’d be on a different course.

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“I love that it’s gone through a phase even harder, and we’ve got to pull through that thick slog and get to the point where we are a little bit lighter and we’re floating a little bit more.

“So yeah, I would say that it’s encouraged me to stay longer. Plus I’m feeling fit, I’m finding ways of feeling better physically.

“The mental challenge is a consistent thing and that will always be the case because that’s how it is for us athletes, because we’re on the edge.

“But right now, where I am in life, I’m really grateful for the opportunity I have here. I like to think I still deserve a place here.

“And there is lots of work to do,” Hamilton concluded.

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