Despite the ever-growing gap in the world championship against Max Verstappen, the love for F1 has been “revived” in Lewis Hamilton and his relationship with Mercedes is even better than before.
The Briton announced before the last race weekend that he has extended his contract with the German racing team for two years, so he will remain in racing until at least the end of 2023.
Hamilton’s future has been much discussed in recent months. Some reckoned with retirement since he signed only a one-year contract in February this year, and others with a contract extension. There is now certainty about this.
The Mercedes driver always pointed out that the extension is not linked to sporting success, although he wants to get the record of eight world championship titles.
Now Hamilton is facing the biggest challenge of his F1 career since the duel with Nico Rosberg in 2016. The seven-time world champion is currently 32 points behind world championship leader Max Verstappen (Red Bull). And this battle seems to be “doing Hamilton well,” as he enjoys the close duel with Red Bull and that his passion for driving has not waned.
“At the start of this season, when the cars were so close in performance, pretty much equal, then it was really one of the most exciting times that I’ve had for some time, to be able to have this battle for Red Bull.”
“Honestly, I was really hoping that it would continue like that through the rest of the year, but as you’ve seen, they’ve taken a huge leap forwards.”
“We’re always in different places in our lives, and we must take time to evaluate. We must do what’s right for us in terms of health and mental wellbeing.”
“It’s always a good time to try and reflect and see what’s next. I found myself just waking up, thinking about racing. So, I wanted to continue to race.”
“And now we are having this tight battle, yeah, it’s brought me closer to the team, it’s brought me closer to the engineers. It’s making me dig deeper, and I love that.”
“I guess it has been reinvigorating the love that I have for this sport and love for what I do.”
Hamilton was also the starting point for advocating equality and diversity in F1. The Briton is in close contact with those in charge and continues to try to help people from underrepresented backgrounds enter the industry. Mercedes is also helping him along the way.
“It’s amazing to see what Mercedes are doing, the support that they’ve given me through this period with BLM, with turning the whole car black for the second year in a row, for really pushing for a more diverse and inclusive environment.”
“It’s amazing, the conversations we’ve had. It is an amazing, new part of the journey that we’ve started.”
“For sure, several years ago, I could only have dreamed of being in this position. I’m excited for what that can be.”