Lewis Hamilton finds it difficult to imagine leaving Mercedes any time soon, and suggests that if and when he departs the Silver Arrows it will be to retire rather than move to another team.
Speaking to reporters ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix, Hamilton said, “When you’re a Mercedes driver, there’s no other team in the whole sport that takes care of its drivers like Mercedes does. So to turn your back and leave that behind, that is a really difficult call to make. If I was to jump ship from here, that would be when I stop.”
“Mercedes take care of their drivers. Whether it’s including them in events, whether it’s including them in commercials, you continue to be an ambassador for the brand. And that’s the same for every single driver has been, so that’s a lot to throw away.”
Asked if he would consider moving away from Mercedes, Hamilton said, “It’s difficult to say, I am so happy where I am. I tell you, when I joined this team I couldn’t have imagined it being like this and, regardless of our results, it’s the environment that I live in.”
“I couldn’t have dreamed of it being better and I am pretty sure there is no other team that has this environment, I am pretty certain of it. If I was to move, I would have to try and take what we have here and try to implement it somewhere else, but do I really want to do that? There’s no real need.”
“Of course I look at other teams that I have admired, I look at Williams and look at how cool it would be to one day drive for Williams and help them get back to the top, but I don’t have a crystal ball, I don’t know how long that will take or even if that’s even possible. It’s just that I admire Frank and the Williams team just for its history.”
Hamilton has won 36 grands prix with Mercedes, but before that (also with Mercedes power) he racked up 21 victories as a McLaren driver, “With McLaren, I have been there and done that and had a great, great experience with them. There’s no other team except for Ferrari that could ever be interesting, but right now I love being here, I love the people I work for, the people I work with and what the company represents.”
Big Question: Should Lewis end his career with Mercedes?