Apr.30 - Lewis Hamilton is showing no sign of wanting to retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2021.

At the end of troubled negotiations, the seven time world champion recently agreed a deal for only one more year with Mercedes.

However, he then uncharacteristically agreed to stay behind at Imola last week to help Pirelli test 18-inch tyres for the new regulations in 2022.

When asked why, 36-year-old Hamilton said at Portimao: "Because I want to be here next year and help Pirelli deliver a better product.

"I guess it was the first time I've volunteered for a test," the Briton smiled.

"But it was important for me to learn how this tyre feels. We all want more grip and less wear, and I would say that the starting base is good."

Hamilton then clarified that he will actually make a "spontaneous" decision about whether to race in 2022, but he is currently enjoying the battle with Max Verstappen as well as "working with Mercedes".

"It's great that the team is becoming more inclusive and diverse, so if I continue to race, I will have more chance to influence the situation than if I left.

"So I do expect to stay, but for how long? I don't know yet."

Finally, Hamilton called out Formula 1 for not participating in this weekend's social media boycott in the interest of stopping online abuse.

"I'm really proud to hear that there are so many organisations getting involved," he said. "I'm not sure why Formula 1 is not part of that."


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6 F1 Fan comments on “Hamilton says he wants to keep racing next year

  1. Sako

    No one wants online abuse, racism, or other injustices. How about genocide denial, are you ok with that one? Would love if people didn't pick and choose what matters.

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    • NearWaves

      Are you serious? You think if one person doesn’t speak up against everything, they can’t speak up against anything? Jesus Christ, how does that even make sense?

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      • Sako

        Dude he fucking races there! You act like I’m asking him to vacation there or something. Shouldn’t he know something about that? How about if he raced in Nazi Germany, is that cool? Guess what? The Holocaust may have not happened if he happened to give a shit. Maybe other genocides which are CURRENTLY fucking happening too! Sorry to give a shit about a race getting wiped out buddy, thanks.

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        • dmario

          Agreed that everyone should care about everything that is not right with the world. However, a wise general does not fight ALL the battles that he is faced with; he will be wise to conserve his energy and resources for the battles that he can impact or win. How about motivating others that are currently doing nothing to take up a cause, rather than attack the one person who is at least doing something?

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  2. dmario

    Agreed that everyone should care about everything that is not right with the world. However, a wise general does not fight ALL the battles that he is faced with; he will be wise to conserve his energy and resources for the battles that he can impact or win. How about motivating others that are currently doing nothing to take up a cause, rather than attack the one person who is at least doing something?

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