Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes driver confirms intention to sign new ‘multi-year’ deal with team

Lewis Hamilton has confirmed he plans to sign a new ‘multi-year’ deal with Mercedes; the seven-time world champion’s current contract expires at the end of the 2023 season; watch the Mexico City GP live on Sky Sports F1 this weekend, with the race at 8pm on Sunday

Last Updated: 10/28/22 6:38 AM

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Lewis Hamilton said he hopes Mercedes will be competitive at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton said he hopes Mercedes will be competitive at this weekend’s Mexico City Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has revealed he plans to sign a new “multi-year” contract with Mercedes, which will see the seven-time world champion into his forties.

The 37-year-old said earlier in his career that he did not envisage racing until such an age, but after losing out to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen for two consecutive drivers’ titles, insists that Mercedes “has a championship to let’s get back.”

Hamilton’s interests outside Formula 1 include work in the fight for social and racial equality, fashion, music, film and recently became part owner of an NFL team, but he is adamant that sport remains his priority.

“Honestly, I’m not limiting it,” Hamilton said Thursday ahead of the Mexico City Grand Prix.

“I plan to sign a multi-year contract with my team.

Hamilton spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of the Mexico City GP

Hamilton spoke to the media on Thursday ahead of the Mexico City GP

“I really, really don’t know what the next five years (hold). I think we’re still trying to work on that. There are a lot of great things falling into place, like I just started a production company a week, but I feel great in my mind and body.

“I want to continue, I think there are more things we can achieve together, so I want to be here longer.”

Hamilton considered quitting the sport after being agonizingly – and controversially – denied an eighth world title in 2021 and endured the most challenging campaign of his career this year as Mercedes struggled and Red Bull dominated.

The Briton believes the challenges the team has faced over the past 12 months will make a return to the top that much more satisfying.

Sky Sports' Craig Slater and Paul Di Resta discuss whether Lewis Hamilton can ever regain the F1 world title amid the dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull

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Sky Sports’ Craig Slater and Paul Di Resta discuss whether Lewis Hamilton can ever regain the F1 world title amid the dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull

Sky Sports’ Craig Slater and Paul Di Resta discuss whether Lewis Hamilton can ever regain the F1 world title amid the dominance of Max Verstappen and Red Bull

He said. “If we had a year like last year and raced at the top all year, who knows where I would be?

“Every year you have to ask yourself if you’re willing to give as much, if not more, than you did when you first started. Are you ready to dedicate all your time to prepare, train and work with the team and achieve results?

“If there’s a point where I arrive and I’m just going on momentum, then I don’t belong here and I don’t deserve the position here and then I have to stop. I ask myself if I can do it and if I want to do it and the answer is yes.

“Obviously we have a championship to get back and I love the mission and this challenge with my team.”

The battle for P1 continues as Max Verstappen battles to take the lead from Lewis Hamilton in the United States Grand Prix

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The battle for P1 continues as Max Verstappen battles to take the lead from Lewis Hamilton in the United States Grand Prix

The battle for P1 continues as Max Verstappen battles to take the lead from Lewis Hamilton in the United States Grand Prix

Hamilton, who has been open about the challenges he has faced with his mental health in the past, said one of the highlights of the Mercedes test was seeing his male colleagues open up.

“Every single person that’s come back here has put so much time out of their lives on the road, year after year, and this one has been really, really challenging for all of us in so many ways,” said Hamilton,

“But it’s been beautiful to see the journey that everyone has individually been on, but also collectively how we’ve come together and pulled together, pulled closer together, been more open.”

“With a room that’s really full of men, most often they show more of their vulnerability, it’s been a really interesting process and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

“I can’t wait for the time when we get back to success when we finally get that win, when we get the championship — that will make all these tough times worthwhile.”

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