Lewis Hamilton has suggested the idea for himself to stay with Mercedes even after his retirement from driving, stating that he plans to stay at the German team “‘for the rest of my life”.
The seven-time world champion has spent the entirety of his Formula 1 career driving Mercedes-powered cars and joined the works Mercedes F1 team following Michael Schumacher’s retirement in 2012.
What proceeded with his switch from McLaren was one of the most dominant periods of F1 with Hamilton winning six Drivers’ Championships as he helped Mercedes to eight consecutive Constructors’ Championships.
When asked about Toto Wolff’s recent comments where he hinted at Hamilton staying in the driver’s seat for another five years, the Brit replied: “Possibly, yes, I’m feeling good. I love what I’m doing.
“We have a lot of work to do, a lot to achieve still. So I’m not planning on going anywhere, anytime soon.
“It’s not that I’m not sure, I know what I want to do. I plan on staying longer. It’s just not set in stone how long. I plan on staying with Mercedes for the rest of my life, that’s a definite.
“It’s more figuring out what we are going to do down the line, even beyond racing I want to be building with Mercedes and there is a lot that Mercedes can do, it’s not just a car manufacturer.”
Hamilton is currently in his 16th year of F1 and sits in sixth place in the Drivers’ standings. Mercedes have seemingly struggled with keeping pace with the 2022 leaders of Red Bull and Ferrari but has made up ground since the start of the season.
“It provides so many jobs for so many people and it has such a powerful platform to really shift narratives and it has a place where it can have a really positive impact on the environment,” Hamilton continued.
“There are loads of things that we can do together and I want to be a part of that. I want to be part of that shift and work process with Mercedes far beyond races and championships, but for now, it’s to win world championships and that’s the immediate focus.”