‘I’m only just getting started’: Lewis Hamilton confirms he’d love to stay with Mercedes despite contract stand-off after equaling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles
- Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he would love to remain with Mercedes
- Hamilton secured a record-equaling seventh world title as he prevailed in Turkey
- The 35-year-old is currently involved in a contract standoff with Mercedes
- He wants to help F1 deal with human rights issues and become more sustainable
Lewis Hamilton has revealed that he is determined to stay in at Mercedes ‘for a little longer’ after equaling Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles.
Hamilton prevailed at the Turkish Grand Prix with an impressive performance.
After the race attention turned to Hamilton’s future amid his contract stand-off with Mercedes.
Lewis Hamilton says that he would love to remain with Mercedes despite his contract stand-off
There have been suggestions that Hamilton could walk away from F1 altogether, but the 35-year-old appeared certain that he wants to remain in the sport.
Speaking on Sky Sports, Hamilton said: ‘There is no end to what we can do together, me and this team. What a day. A lot to take in.
‘I feel like I’m only just getting started. I feel physically in great shape. Mentally this year has been really hard for millions of people, it’s no different for us athletes. This has been a challenge that I didn’t know how to get through, but with the help of Team LH I managed to get through.’
Hamilton was speaking after he won in Turkey to match Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles
As reported by Sportsmail, Hamilton is seeking fresh £40million-a-year terms in order to stay with Mercedes.
Hamilton stressed that he would like to help F1 to deal with the human rights issues that are present in the countries that they visit and also to become more sustainable.
He said: ‘I would love to stay. We realise we’ve got to face and not ignore the human rights issues in the countries that we go to, not just 20 years, 30 years from now, but now.
‘I want to help F1 and Mercedes in that journey, and moving more sustainable as a sport, I want to see if I can be part of that for a little bit longer.’
Hamilton says he wants to help F1 deal with human rights issues and become more sustainable
Hamilton acknowledged that it has been a very challenging year given the restrictions enforced by the coronavirus pandemic.
He indicated that his celebrations will be low key and he will enjoy the moment properly when he is with his family and friends.
Hamilton said: ‘This year has been tough. I haven’t gone out, I’ve just been staying in my bubble. I get room service every day. This year I sacrificed more than I have in my whole life.
‘I’m going to go home tonight and probably just watch the race. I’ll probably have a bottle of wine. Making memories like this, I want to wait until I can get around my family and my friends.
‘I just came here to do the job that I did today. Out of a lot of races that I’ve done I feel so proud of this one. I was thinking about Monaco 2008 and China 2007.’