Seven-time Formula 1 champion and Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has expressed his loyalty towards the German manufacturer when asked about a possible season with Italian giants Ferrari. Hamilton voiced that he, like Stirling Moss, wants to continue as a Mercedes driver as he has been with the team for the last ten years.
The 37-year-old said, “Do you see what is written here?” ‘Loyalty’, ‘loyalty’. Of course, it would have been nice to race for Ferrari during my career, but things happen for specific reasons: Mercedes is my family, I will always be a Mercedes driver, as was Stirling Moss.”
The British driver was also asked about his team’s ability to come back in the season after a bad start. He expressed how the culture of the team has always been about being together in winning and losing and hence they are highly motivated. Hamilton said “I’ve been with these guys for ten years. I know how they work and the type of culture: no processes, we win and we lose together. They are highly motivated, they give their soul to bring us back up.”
Hamilton was also asked about a possible eighth title and whether he will continue racing till he reaches 40. He talked about how he would push for the title but also mentioned the possibility of not winning the title this season.
He said, “Of course, I believe it. It is not just a question of records, of sporting titles. I want to win to carry out all the behind-the-scenes work for equality. F1 is no longer what it used to be: they set up garages, we raced and then we went home. Now it is a source of inspiration, it helps to form opinions. And it is in good hands thanks to a great Italian.
“Hard question! Let’s take this season: I probably won’t win the title, but I feel the same pleasure of competing as when I started. Why Should I Stop? Maybe one day I won’t be able to take the pressure anymore, I’ll be tired, but that day hasn’t come yet,” he continued.