Lewis Hamilton’s subsequent win can be his 92nd in Formulation 1, a feat which is able to see him grow to be probably the most profitable driver within the sport’s historical past by way of victories. However with the wins nonetheless coming thick and quick regardless of being in his 14th season, Hamilton has admitted that he’s having fun with being an F1 driver as a lot as ever – and never relishing the prospect of hanging up his helmet at some point.
Hamilton drew level with Michael Schumacher on 91 victories after triumphing on the Eifel Grand Prix, whereas with workforce mate Valtteri Bottas retiring from the race, Hamilton’s benefit within the drivers’ standings over the Finn stretched to 69 points – with the Briton in search of to match Schumacher’s record of seven world championships this season too.
However with one eye on the day he decides to stroll away from the game, Hamilton admitted after his Eifel Grand Prix victory that leaving Formulation 1 could be a wrench.
“Like everybody right here, I like doing what I do,” he mentioned, after successful out over Crimson Bull’s Max Verstappen and Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo on the Nurburgring. “It’s so onerous and I believe I’d be prepared to say there’s probably not sufficient respect that’s given to all these drivers who dedicate their lives by way of preparation, the quantity of labor that goes on.
“The background to have the ability to do what all of us do on this sport, previous and current, is basically outstanding and I like being part of that.
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“I like that problem. I like the problem that Max gave me at present. I like seeing him behind me, seeing the problem that Daniel gave Max additionally, the game, the scent of it, the entire aura and environment it creates goes to be troublesome to let go.
“However I do really feel, while I’m older than these guys [Verstappen and Ricciardo], I really feel as younger as them, no less than in spirit. I’m nonetheless very a lot a child once I’m off the digicam. That may in all probability change once I begin seeing gray hairs and stuff however I’m good for now!”
In the meantime, requested whether or not he had a goal for the variety of wins he wished to attain in his profession earlier than he retires, Hamilton replied: “I can set targets and I’ll proceed to cost on and attempt to see what is feasible.
“I believe I’ve acquired the perfect workforce behind me, who repeatedly encourage me. Annually I come again to the manufacturing unit and see these guys pumped up and targeted and being extremely sensible and progressive yearly. And likewise simply so welcoming to me, you recognize. You’d have thought that in any case this time we’d get fed up with one another, however we don’t. There’s an actual love inside this workforce and I’m grateful for that.”