“I will always be with Mercedes,” says Hamilton as he talks about what an eighth title means to him

Lewis Hamilton has made it clear he does not plan to stop racing “anytime soon” as he continues his quest for an eighth Formula 1 world championship.

The 37-year-old recently started the 300th Grand Prix start of his F1 career, with the most poles (103) and wins (103) ever – while Michael Schumacher tied for seven titles.

Despite narrowly missing out on the crown in 2021, and not being able to fight for the overall trophies this season due to Mercedes struggling, the Briton feels he is in peak condition and still has plenty of appetite to add to his achievements.

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When asked about his plans beyond 2023, and whether he had any talks with Mercedes, Hamilton said: “For years we’ve been riding around, up and down with stories of retirement and downtime. For me, I feel healthier than I’ve ever felt, as I focus a lot on it – I feel fit in. I love what I do and don’t plan to stop anytime soon.

“My goal has always been to be with Mercedes. I love that we have a long partnership with us. I feel like we’re starting out on a lot of really positive things, not just in the sport, but abroad. I think there’s a lot of work, a lot to get done together, so I want to be a part of that.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his 300th Formula 1 race

“I think I will always be with Mercedes until the day I die. I feel like I can race a little bit longer, so I will probably head towards that.”

As such, Hamilton has set his sights on adding his world titles going forward – but stresses that “elevating” the people around him and making an impact through Mission 44 are just as important.

On the task ahead, and what success means, Hamilton said: “Sure, it’s a challenge. For me, it’s just winning another world championship. [With] Each one, I treated it like my first, and the feeling of winning a world championship is unique and special in its own way.

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“Of course, the idea that no driver in history is past seven, you want to try to make that happen. But I think – as you get older – you realize that the journey is the most important part and the journey that you take with all the people, all the people you bring with you, all the people Who are you trying to improve…

“There is an opportunity to elevate a lot of people, not just in your team, but through the work we do, with Mission 44 – there is a much bigger picture to that. But from a personal point of view, winning another world title remains a goal. I would be very proud to be able to do it for this team.”

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