After equalling Michael Schumacher’s most career wins record, Lewis Hamilton talked about how difficult retirement will be for him.
“Like everyone here, I love doing what I do,” said Hamilton.
“It’s so hard and I think I would be willing to say there’s potentially not enough respect that is given to all these drivers who dedicate their lives in terms of preparation, the amount of work that goes on.
“The background to be able to do what all of us do in this sport, past and present, is really remarkable and I love being a part of that.
“I love that challenge. I love the challenge that Max [Verstappen, who finished in P2] gave me today. I love seeing him behind me, seeing the challenge that Daniel [Ricciardo, who finished in P3] gave Max also, the sport, the smell of it, the whole aura and atmosphere it creates is going to be difficult to let go.
“But I do feel, whilst I’m older than these guys [Verstappen and Ricciardo], I feel as young as them, at least in spirit.
“I’m still very much a kid when I’m off the camera. That will probably change when I start seeing grey hairs and stuff but I’m good for now!
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Hamilton went on to say how much of an inspiration the Mercedes team is to him.
“I can set goals and I’ll continue to charge on and try to see what is possible.
“I think I’ve got the best team behind me, who continuously inspire me. Each year I come back to the factory and see these guys pumped up and focused and being incredibly smart and innovative every year.
“And also just so welcoming to me, you know. You would have thought that after all this time we’d get fed up with each other, but we don’t.
“There’s a real love within this team and I’m grateful for that,” concluded the six-time champion.