After Lewis Hamilton signed only a one-year contract with Mercedes this winter, the question is often asked whether this will be the last season of the most trophy-winning driver in the history of the sport. Will Lewis take his eighth title and say goodbye to the octane circus? Speaking on the eve of the start of the new season, just before the first Grand Prix in 2021, the current champion once again emphasized his commitment to the sport, leaving the decision to continue or end his career for the second part of this year.
"From the current position I am in, I don't feel like this is the end. I think this looks like it could be the most exciting season so far. We have new teams, we have new formats, and the competition should be more equal."
"I don’t feel like I’m at the end, but it’s only after the next eight months or so somewhere that I’ll figure out if I’m ready or not ready to stop. Personally, I don't think I will be, but you never know.
" "I am completely dedicated to this sport. I think this sport is in the best position in terms of the moves we make. I’m really proud of what F1 does and recognizes that it has a great platform to work around the world."
" I love what I do and I came here excited I haven't been for a long time ", said the Mercedes champion.
Red bull rivalry
What makes Hamilton especially happy on the eve of the new season, so at least he says, is the potentially more equal fight with Red Bull compared to what we watched in previous seasons.
Mercedes is even trying to push the Bulls into the role of favorites, given what was seen during pre-season testing. Hamilton's team had a lot of problems then with the W12 car, while Red Bull's RB16B looked pretty convincing.
Not many believe these Mercedes claims of falling behind Red Bull, but we will see what the first weekend of the season brings and what the balance of power between the two best teams really is. "For us as a team, it's extremely exciting.
We are not the fastest at the moment and the questions are how will we work together, how will we unite to get where we want to be? ” "I can tell you that I am very happy with the challenge of seeing some of the other teams up close again.
I think it will be great for the fans, but I also love that collaboration with the boys and girls on my team when we are trying to achieve our common goal. ”