Lewis Hamilton ready to keep racing for ‘another five years’ according to Mercedes boss Toto Wolff
Sir Lewis Hamilton has said that he wants to stay in Formula 1 for the next five years and keep racing into his 40s.
Hamilton’s contract expires at the end of 2023, and he’ll turn 39 the following year.
The seven-time world champion has given mixed messages in the past about when he could retire, having said that he doesn’t see himself in F1 in his 40s but also that he still has a lot more to give on the track.
And if Wolff is anything to go by, it looks like we’ll be seeing the British sporting legend on the grid for the next few seasons at least.
‘Just last week we sat down and he [Hamilton] says, “look, I have another five years in me, how do you see that?”,’ Wolff told Channel 4.
‘Over time we have just grown together. We are totally transparent with each other. The advantage is we speak a lot together [both live near each other in Monaco].
‘Lewis will be the first one to say, “I can’t do this anymore because I feel I haven’t got the reactions anymore, or I’ve just lost fun doing it and there is another generation growing up that is just very strong”.
‘So, I have no doubt that whatever we agree on a contract extension, which is going to happen, that we both are always going to discuss, very openly, what does the future hold.’
Hamilton came close to walking away from the sport after last season’s finale where he lost the championship to Max Verstappen under very controversial circumstances.
He stayed, and it is believed that he is very keen to win a record-breaking eighth title before retirement.
While increasingly rare, it is not unheard of for drivers to continue racing into their 40s due to the physicality needed to race an F1 car, with 41-year-old Fernando Alonso set to continue racing until at least the end of 2024.
‘I don’t know if 40 is that age where you say that is not adequate anymore for a racing driver,’ Wolff added.
‘If you look at where Fernando is, he’s still very much there. Now, is he the same Fernando that he was at 25? I don’t know, but he’s very competitive still.
‘So, Lewis, with the way he leads his life, with the full, ultra-narrow focus on his Formula 1 racing – all the others are just hobbies – I think he can take it quite far.’
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