Hamilton opens up on plans to remain in F1 ahead of new season
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Lewis Hamilton has got “a good few years” in F1 and is not nearing retirement, according to Sky Sports F1 host Simon Lazenby. He stressed the Mercedes star has got time on his side as he is three years younger than former team-mate and F1 rival Fernando Alonso.
Lazenby claimed Hamilton would even want to “see off” some of the younger generation before he walks away from the sport. His comments come as the seven-time champion is yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with his current agreement expiring at the end of the 2023 campaign.
He told Express Sport: “He’s not into his 40s yet. Alonso’s in his 40s. Lewis has still got a good few years with the talent that he’s got and I’m sure he’d like to see off some of these young whippersnappers.”
“I don’t think retirement’s imminent at all actually.” Hamilton has previously said he wants a multi-year deal with the team which could keep him at the Silver Arrows until 2025.
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Ahead of the new season, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff revealed the pair have undergone a ‘first chat” about the future. However, an agreement has yet to be struck which has raised concerns the Brit could be prepared to leave the German manufacturer.
F1 champions Damon Hill and Jenson Button suggested Hamilton was delaying a deal to see how competitive the new Mercedes car was. The squad struggled at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix with the team now the fourth-fastest on the grid.
Lazenby has previously admitted he would “not rule out” Hamilton making a move to Ferrari if the Scuderia were Red Bull’s closest opponents. However, Hamilton has appeared to deny he would walk away from the sport completely until he gets back to the top.
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In a Sky Sports lie detector test ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton insisted he would not retire until he won an eighth world title. Despite Mercedes’ woes, Martin Brundle has also tipped Hamilton to remain behind the wheel for the foreseeable future.
He explained: “I think Lewis can race for as long as he wants to. Drivers don’t get smashed up these days, they don’t get broken bones and their heads knocked around too much – the cars are much safer.
“They’re physically in incredible shape with their nutrition, hydration, they are looked after well. So I think they can race on at their peak and I think Lewis has got as many more years as he wants in him.”
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