Lewis Hamilton: “I see myself going for at least another three years”

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At the British Grand Prix Thursday press conference Lewis Hamilton confirmed he would like to compete in Formula 1 for at least three more years.

Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes expires at the end of 2020, but the Briton is expected to re-sign with the German team. Now it seems the 35-year-old is not thinking of leaving Formula 1 any time soon. However, when asked if fans can expect to see him in Silverstone next year, he didn’t want to make any promises.

“I don’t think you can guarantee anything but I plan to be here for sure,” said Hamilton.

“That’s definitely the goal and fingers crossed I will be here and we will have fans here next year.

“In terms of how long I go, that’s a bit of an unknown. I would say the Covid lockdown – whilst it was a negative in many, many ways, in some ways it gave [me] a lot of life, a lot of energy to focus on some other things, and that little bit of time off was really a bit of breathing space, so it’s just given me a renewed energy to perhaps go longer.

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“Ultimately I want to be able to perform at the level I’m performing at now forever, but obviously there is a point at which physicality and the mental side can tail off, and I don’t know when that’s going to be, but I don’t see that happening in the short term, in the next two or three years, so I’m definitely going to be here hopefully for the foreseeable future.

“And also, we’re in a period of time where there’s not another driver from my background coming at the moment and I’m conscious of that as well.

“I want to earn my position here and I feel like every year I come back it’s not a given, just because I’ve got world championships under my belt.

“I think you still have to earn the right to be here in terms of how you perform and continuing to deliver, so my goal is to continue to deliver for as long as I can.

“So I do see myself going for at least another three years,” concluded the six-time champion.

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