Newly-crowned world champion Lewis Hamilton says that far from contemplating retirement after securing his fourth drivers’ crown, he is instead looking forward to even tougher battles with the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen in the future.
Hamilton wrapped up the 2017 title in Mexico on Sunday, but insisted that despite becoming the most successful British driver in history, he has no intention of following the example of former Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg, who called time on his F1 career after clinching the 2016 championship.
“Obviously each year, I could do the easy thing like obviously Nico did which is just stop and retreat with these four titles, but I think there’s more in me,” said Hamilton. “I think there’s more to come, more of a challenge, as there’s harder times ahead and I like that, I love that, that’s challenging.
“I do think about 'Jeez, it would be so nice at some stage just to live in one place', a lot more socialising, walking your dogs every day or surfing, whatever it is, but staying in one place for a period of time. But then I’m thinking there’s a lot of life to live beyond forty, there’s a lot to go and so the balance is: I can’t come back to Formula One, so there’s going to be a point in which OK, I’ve had enough.
“I’ve already been blessed and had such a wonderful time here in these ten years. Hopefully I have my place here and I’m going to continue to – whilst I’m at my best – continue to try and… and I want to go out on top so that’s my goal.”