Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton (Reuters Photo)
SILVERSTONE: Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is hoping to remain in Formula One for a minimum of three extra years, with the COVID-19 pandemic and racial points offering power and motivation.
The Mercedes driver, now 35 and out of contract with Mercedes on the finish of the yr, holds a string of data and is about to surpass Michael Schumacher‘s seven titles and 91 wins.
“In terms of how long I go, that’s a bit of an unknown,” Hamilton informed reporters on the British Grand Prix on Thursday.
“I might say that the COVID lockdown, once we had the primary a part of the season cancelled, while it was a destructive in lots of, some ways, in some methods it gave a whole lot of life, a whole lot of power to deal with another issues.
“That little bit of break day was actually a little bit of respiration area. It gave me a renewed little bit of power to maybe go longer,” added the Briton, who can take a report seventh residence win at Silverstone this weekend.
Hamilton, who’s main workforce mate Valtteri Bottas by 5 factors within the championship after successful two of three races this season, has 86 profession victories.
The champion mentioned he needed to have the ability to proceed acting at his present stage.
“There is some extent at which physicality and the psychological aspect tail off, and I do not know when that is going to be, however I do not see that occuring within the quick time period, within the subsequent two or three years,” he mentioned.
“Also we’re in a time period the place there’s not one other driver from my background arising for the time being, and I’m aware of that as nicely,” added the game’s sole Black driver, who has been outspoken on racial justice and equality.
“So my aim is to proceed to ship for so long as I can, I do see myself going for a minimum of one other three years.”