Seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton has been involved in a fierce title duel with Max Verstappen this season, but the Briton expects it to be fierce again next year. The Mercedes driver thinks that the technical regulations will make the races a lot more intense.
Formula 1 will switch to a new technical regulation next year, which will make the cars look quite different. With the return of ground effect and less emphasis on aerodynamics, the cars should in theory follow each other more easily, with Formula 1 hoping for more overtaking and more spectacle.
The new cars will undoubtedly require the necessary adaptability from the drivers. Usually younger riders are able to pick up on such changes a little easier. Does it concern the now 36-year-old Lewis Hamilton? “Honestly, I’m not afraid of that,” says the Mercedes driver in conversation with Sky Sports Italy. “Looking forward to next year, the performance of the cars will probably be closer together. The races will be more intense, allowing the driver’s talent to play a greater role. It’s one of the reasons I want to stay in Formula 1, because it really offers a chance to show your skills.”
Interaction with Russell
Hamilton thinks his experience could play an important role next year, especially now that he will team up with George Russell, who is only 23: “I think I can help the team progress because I know what I’m about need the car and which way we need to work,” continues the 100-time Grand Prix winner. “I hope I can play an important role in that and also be part of the growth of George, who will be riding alongside me. He is already very fast, but he will also be able to learn from me because I have been in Formula 1 longer.”
Conversely, however, Hamilton also expects to learn a lot from his compatriot: “I will also be able to learn from him. I don’t mind learning from someone younger than me. I’m not afraid of that, because I just want to win. As you get older, you just need to work a little more on your physical health to stay fit. When you are younger you need a little less training.”
For now, that training is no problem for Hamilton. The Briton has thought about giving up the helmet, but for now he is still fully motivated: “It comes and it goes”, says the Mercedes driver when it comes to thoughts about retirement. “Over the past four or five years, there have been a lot of times where I didn’t know if I wanted to go through with it, to keep sacrificing my private life for training. There are also other things I like to do and so many things I would like to try. On the other hand, however, I also tell myself that I am so lucky to be able to do this work. And there is still so much time to retire.”
“It’s a matter of finding the right balance. As long as I’m still hungry, train like I’m a young boy and as long as I’m still getting results [ga ik door]. When I notice that I am slowing down, running out of energy and no longer motivated, I know it’s time to stop.”