Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: I still want two more F1 world titles

Lewis Hamilton

Either Lewis Hamilton has a serious case of memory lapse or the official FIA magazine is a purveyor of fake Formula 1 news.

In the latest edition of the governing body’s Auto magazine Hamilton is quoted saying, “My destiny is in my own hands. I can decide to stop at the end of this year.”

But when asked in Baku about the widely reported statement, he allegedly made during the interview, the triple F1 World Champion said, “I don’t even remember discussing that. It’s not something I’m thinking about right now.”

“I could easily do another three-year contract if I wanted to. I reckon I could go another one after that too, but at least one more.”

“I’m 32 and I feel like I’m on the pivot now. I don’t feel like I’m one of the older ones, I still feel like I’m in my prime or even on the verge of my prime. The interesting thing is how long I can make the prime last.”

Hamilton famously matched Ayrton Senna’s record of 65 pole position starts in Canada last time out, and he admits, “I always wanted to emulate Ayrton and now I have. But then you set your sights on new goals.”

With his boyhood idol’s milestone now reached, Hamilton was asked if he was now targeting F1 record holder extraordinaire Michael Schumacher, he replied, “People ask me if I want to emulate Michael [Schumacher], but I never really had a desire to get seven world titles and it still doesn’t really tickle my fancy.”

He now has three F1 world titles under his belt, thus the obvious question is: how many more?

“I think about [Juan Manuel] Fangio’s five and that sounds pretty good,” ventured the Mercedes driver. “But then [Sebastian] Vettel’s got four so if I get five he could equal that and then I’ve got to get six.”

“I’m grateful for the ones I have but I want more. I still want two more. I feel like I have more potential and it’s a constant journey to discover what that potential is.”

“It’s just how much time you’re willing to devote to it. If you look at Nico (Rosberg) he didn’t want to give any more of his life to being a racing driver but I’ll always be a racing driver at heart,” added Hamilton, winner of 56 grand prix races.

Big Question: How many titles can Lewis win?