Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is hoping to remain with the team until the “end of days” and emulate Sir Stirling Moss, who stayed with the German outfit until he retired. The seven-time world champion is currently in the last year of his contract but said he has no intention of leaving the team. Despite this, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that Hamilton may look elsewhere if the team cannot produce a more competitive car. Hamilton has dismissed this notion, stating his desire to remain with Mercedes for the long-term.
Hamilton has strong links with Mercedes, having been backed by the team since he was 13 years old and participating in his F1 debut as engine partner to McLaren. The Briton said he feels “very much at home” with the team and that it is like “family” to him. While he is already considered a long-term brand ambassador, Hamilton added that he wants to retain a race seat with the team for as long as he can “really contribute”.
Hamilton is confident he can continue to help the Mercedes team moving forward and wants to stay as long as he is able to contribute to their success. However, he acknowledged that there may come a time when he is not able to do so and a “youngster” should take his place. At 37 years old, Hamilton said he is still in good condition physically and mentally and is keen to continue racing for the foreseeable future.
Hamilton has yet to make an official announcement regarding his contract extension, but he said he feels “amazing” about his future with Mercedes. The Briton has won six championships with the team since joining in 2013 and continues to break records. He is currently tied on seven titles with Michael Schumacher, whom he regards as one of his biggest inspirations in the sport. As the new F1 season approaches, Hamilton is aiming to make history once again by breaking the all-time record for race wins currently held by Schumacher.