Lewis Hamilton: “I plan on staying with Mercedes for the rest of my life”

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Lewis Hamilton says he’s “not planning on going anywhere, any time soon”, and adds he is definitely staying with Mercedes for ‘the rest of his life’.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff recently revealed that Lewis Hamilton told him he could continue driving for at least five more years, which prompted the Austrian to say Lewis’ contract will definitely be extended.

Ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, Lewis said he hasn’t spoken to Wolff about these comments, but he reaffirmed his intention to continue competing in Formula 1 beyond 2023.

“I haven’t spoken to him about his comments but I can’t say just yet,” Hamilton said.

“Possibly, yes, I’m feeling good. I love what I’m doing. We have a lot of work to do, a lot to achieve still.  So I’m not planning on going anywhere, any time soon.

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“It’s not that I’m not sure, I know what I want to do. I plan on staying longer. It’s just not set in stone how long. I plan on staying with Mercedes for the rest of my life, that’s a definite.

“It’s more figuring out what we are going to do down the line, even beyond racing I want to be building with Mercedes and there is a lot that Mercedes can do, it’s not just a car manufacturer.

“It provides so many jobs for so many people and it has such a powerful platform to really shift narratives and it has a place where it can have a really positive impact on the environment. There’s loads of things that we can do together and I want to be a part of that.

“I want to be part of that shift and work process with Mercedes far beyond races and championships, but for now it’s to win world championships and that’s the immediate focus.”

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