After it was announced that Lewis Hamilton will remain at Mercedes until 2025, the Briton said he and the team still have “unfinished business” to atttend to.
When asked to clarify what he meant by that, and if he sees winning an eigth world title as “revenge” over happened to him at the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis said it was not about that.
“I’m not really a revenge person,” Hamilton said.
“It’s not really about revenge. It’s not about redemption. That’s in the past. There’s nothing you can do about the past. But what we can do is work harder, be more precise, be better moving forward.
“I truly believe that, with this team we can win more world championships and more races together. That’s where all my energy is going.”
Lewis added his decision to continue racing in F1 was never in doubt.
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“I definitely wanted to continue. I think in life, when you have ups and downs, like last year was a difficult year.
“I am pretty sure everyone was questioning whether they wanted to continue because it’s tough at the top.
“It’s such a tough sport but that thought quickly goes away and you put your mind and energy into the best you can be and deal with the situations that you’re faced with.
“I am really proud of what we’ve achieved last year to get through it. Whilst we started on the wrong foot this year to have some really great results, we’re second in the constructors’ championship and the plan is to keep that and then close the gap to the guy ahead.
“We’re trying to win more world championships. The unfinished business is getting us back to the top, back to fighting for championships.
“We’ve been the most successful team in history, the most successful run in 10 years, but it’s been a challenge, the past year.
“It’s getting us back to where we belong, and where we operate in all those cylinders, which we’re seeing Red Bull are doing.”
Ultimately, Lewis acknowledged that achieving his goal of returning Mercedes to do top will not be an easy task to accomplish.
“The goal is simple. Setting the target is simple, achieving that target is not. But it’s going to take all of us pulling together.
“I think every team here and every driver is working so hard to get on top of the aero package that they have and the team they have, and pull everyone together.
“Having everyone firing on all cylinders is not easy in a large team and so that takes consistent work. Same from a driver’s perspective. Just making sure you’re performing every weekend.
“I still, even though I have been driving and racing all these years, I feel like I can improve each weekend. I think that’s what I love about this sport.
“You’re never going to reach perfection but the pursuit of perfection is one of the most exciting things about what we do,” the Briton concluded.