That would leave Hamilton one title away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of seven. Hamilton has also moved within 10 victories of Schumacher’s record tally of 91 wins.
His latest comments on his future indicate Hamilton intends to stay in F1 long enough to have a realistic chance of breaking both records.
“I was saying to my guys just now we had our first win here together 2013 and we’ve just been going from strength to strength,” said Hamilton following his win on Sunday. “The majority of the people are still the same people that are here from when I joined and this long, long journey we’ve gone on together it’s been remarkable. I think right now I’m just excited to see what more we could do together and what’s next.”
Hamilton says he has paid attention to when other sportspeople have chosen to retire. “I honestly don’t know why some people decide to stop at the times they decide to stop,” he said. “But I tell you, I love driving, man.
“I’ve never liked practice – I don’t mind practice on the race weekends but testing, I’ve always made that clear, I don’t really enjoy that so much.
“But I really love the challenge, arriving this weekend and digging into the data. Trying to pull up – this weekend Bono [race engineer Peter Bonnington] is not feeling so great – lifting him up, because last weekend I was going through crap and he lifted me up and carried most of the weight. I just love that rapport that you have with this group of people.
“One day I will have to stop but right now I feel fantastic. Physically, generally this year, and mentally. So I don’t currently have any plans of stopping any time soon. And there’s more to do, there’s more to win, there’s more to achieve together, inside and outside of the car, within the sport and outside the sport.”
Advert | Become a RaceFans supporter and
2019 F1 season
- McLaren Racing reports reduced £71 million loss in 2019
- Kvyat: Hockenheim podium last year was “my biggest achievement” so far
- How the FIA’s new encrypted fuel flow meter targets Ferrari’s suspected ‘aliasing’ trick
- “He smashed my office door”: 23 must-see moments from ‘Drive to Survive’ season two
- ‘I should have done a better job. There’s things that I know I can do better’