Lewis Hamilton believes he could drive into his mid-40s

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Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t think his ‘reactions will tail off until he’s at least in my mid-40s’, and could continue on for years if he ‘applies himself’.

35-year old Lewis Hamilton’s current contract with Mercedes will expire at the end of 2020. Since a new deal has not yet been reached, there is a lot of talk about how long the new contract would be for.

Well, for now the Briton is not thinking about hanging up his helmet.

“I think there’s the human body clock part but I think I’m a long way away from that, if I’m really honest,” said Hamilton.

“You look at Michael Schumacher, he was still very fit at 43 years old. It’s all a state of mind and how you want to apply your time, how much training you want to do, the boring stuff like stretching and really looking after your ‘temple’ or whatever.

“Then it’s if you’re still hungry. I think for sure I will know – as I think I know myself very well now – when I won’t want to do it anymore. I will know when it just doesn’t do it for me anymore.”

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The six time champion went even a step further, saying he would be able to retain his level of performance until his mid-40s if he wanted to.

“I honestly don’t think I’m not going to be able to drive. I think if I want it – and I know how to apply myself – I think I’ll be able to do it. I don’t think my reactions will tail off until I’m at least in my mid-40s.

“But I’m not here to be here for that long. I’ve got other things I want to do. I’ll keep doing it because I love doing it right now and I feel like I’m getting better.

“I’m able to apply myself more efficiently year on year, as I continue to learn about myself. I think that’s a beautiful process, learning the good and the bad and how to navigate through that.”

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