F1: Lewis Hamilton contract revelation is a major boost for Formula One as trailblazer links eras

F1: Lewis Hamilton contract revelation is a major boost for Formula One as trailblazer links eras

Confirmation from Lewis Hamilton yesterday that he is eager to hold off on retirement and enter new contract talks with Mercedes represents a huge boost for Formula One.

Some had assumed the 37-year-old would simply walk away from the sport once his imperious streak with Mercedes dried up, as it has done this season. Instead, Hamilton has defied his critics to front up during his team’s woes and will stick around past his 40th birthday if he signs up through to 2025.

Ahead of Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, he said: “We are going to do another deal. We are going to discuss it the next couple of months.”

That Hamilton is ready to renew his vows with Mercedes shows not only his commitment to the sport, which some had dismissed as a mere side-hustle to his love of music and fashion, but is good news for F1 for many reasons.

Lewis Hamilton has no plans to retire from Formula One as he discusses a new Mercedes deal (Getty Images)
Lewis Hamilton has no plans to retire from Formula One as he discusses a new Mercedes deal (Getty Images)

Hamilton is one of the last roots connecting F1 to its pre-Netflix era, and yet he also stands as a bastion of its future: namely, a more diverse, eco-conscious future that the sport needs to produce to survive not just in the eyes of its fanbase, but for its finances.

His desire to speak up will only continue to grow, which perhaps explains why he joked F1 would be “stuck with him” for some time yet. “I want to keep racing,” he said. “I love what I do.”