Lewis Hamilton believes he can race past 2020 after declaring he desires to open the defence of his Formulation One championship by obliterating the opposition in Australia subsequent weekend.
The 33-year-old British driver is because of put pen to paper on a profitable new Mercedes contract, probably earlier than Sunday’s season opener in Melbourne, which may earn him as much as £40million a 12 months and solidify his place as British sport’s highest earner.
Hamilton shall be 35 on the anticipated conclusion of his subsequent deal, and with rival Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari contract additionally because of expire on the finish of the 2020 marketing campaign, the Briton could possibly be tempted by one last hurrah with a transfer to the well-known Prancing Horse.
Lewis Hamilton poses for a photograph with Dwight Yorke throughout a golfing vacation in Dubai
However for now, Hamilton, who has emerged from his low season break stuffed with vigour and renewed dedication, is targeted on sealing championship quantity 5, and becoming a member of Michael Schumacher and Juan Manuel Fangio as solely the third F1 driver in historical past to have gained the title greater than 4 occasions.
‘It would not really feel like the beginning of the ultimate chapter, and I do not really feel as if I’m about to embark on my final contract,’ Hamilton mentioned.
‘I’m not certain how I’ll really feel in two or three years’ time however I’m again right here in March for my 12th season and I’m so excited.
‘I do not know the place it comes from – this sense of simply desirous to excel – however I actually, actually, greater than something at present in my life, need to excel subsequent weekend.
‘I need to arrive in Melbourne match. I need to hit my goal weight. I need to kill it by means of apply, get pole place and I need to win the race convincingly.
‘I do not know the way lengthy this sense goes to final once I go into a brand new season, however so long as I’m nonetheless feeling like this I’ll hold going.’
The Mercedes driver is trying to break Formulation One information by racing past 2020
Hamilton noticed off the problem from Vettel to win final 12 months’s championship with two races to spare, however stored a low profile over the winter following criticism he obtained for feedback he made in an Instagram video about his younger nephew sporting a princess gown.
Hamilton launched into a mass deleting spree throughout each his Instagram and Twitter accounts – of which he has a mixed 12 million followers – within the wake of the backlash.
‘Everybody has an opinion about the whole lot,’ Hamilton mentioned. ‘The world is shifting drastically and no-one is ideal.
‘We now have a pie chart of our model, what it means and we’re continually evolving that.
Hamilton wants three extra driver titles to match report holder Michael Schumacher on seven
‘I’m working with my group to determine how we get our message throughout of the place we’ve got come from. For instance, what we’ve got executed as a working-class household could be very totally different to a narrative of one other racing driver.’
Hamilton’s all-conquering Mercedes group, which has gained the previous 4 constructors’ championships, will as soon as once more begin as favourites for the brand new marketing campaign – and Toto Wolff, the group’s government director, launched a staunch defence of his star driver.
‘If you’re a celeb, it’s all the time astonishing to me how low folks can hit out,’ Wolff informed Press Affiliation Sport.
‘The incident on social media was light-hearted, candy, and Lewis for me is the personification of somebody who’s various and open-minded, so the response was a bunch of crap.
‘All people jumps on the bandwagon and says Lewis is homophobic or no matter which is full nonsense. That may be hurtful.
‘He now understands that with a big following you get a variety of unhealthy stuff and that is the ugly aspect of social media.’
Hamilton says he may race past the top of the brand new £40m-a-year deal he’s about to signal