Lewis Hamilton on 200 races with Mercedes and what keeps him going

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Lewis Hamilton has been racing in Formula 1 since 2007, and the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will be his 200th race with Mercedes. He explains what keeps him going.

Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked what keeps him going in Formula 1 after 16 years in the sport.

“What keeps me going? I don’t know,” Lewis said.

“It’s a question I have myself probably. Maybe it’s that Fernando and Seb are still here. But now obviously we’re going to be losing Seb. I don’t know.

“I think I still love what I’m doing. I still love the challenge every year trying to evaluate at the end where you’ve been, what you’ve learned, leave the crap behind and then you know take the good bits forward.

“How can you evolve to be better each time? How can you be healthier? How can you expand your mind and your body and spirit, so that I’m fully focused on doing that all the time.

“And yeah, we’re talking about the adrenaline rush. I mean, naturally, we’re all adrenaline seekers, and I don’t think that’s…

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“I’m sure Seb’s going to have to find something else because I think driving the farm truck is not going to bring that! Your tractor, you said you had a tractor.

“Maybe he’ll come skydiving with me. I tried to talk him into it, but he said he’s got kids, so it’s probably not going to happen…

This Sunday Lewis will drive his 200th race with the Mercedes F1 Team. When asked to give his comments on this incredible milestone, Lewis said:

“It’s been an amazing journey, one that I’m incredibly honoured to have been on with Mercedes.

“And it’s, I think, it’s one of the longest standing drivers with a team? So, proud of that.

“Shows loyalty continues to be at the core of one of the many pillars of the values that we have as a team and looking forward to extending,” Hamilton concluded.

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