Hamilton hopes to go on for at least three more years

After his recent victories and given his great record at Silverstone Lewis Hamilton will start as favourite

Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP and Valtteri Bottas of Finland and Mercedes GP talk in the Drivers Press Conference during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Great Britain at Silverstone on Thursday, July 30, 2020 in Silverstone, England.

"Also we're in a period of time where there's not another driver from my background at the moment - and I'm conscious of that as well".

When asked ahead of this weekend's British Grand Prix whether he had spoken with Hamilton regarding his comments, Grosjean replied: "Yes I have spoken to Lewis, we had a 45-minute phone call Tuesday after the race, a really good chat about many things and F1 in general, but obviously the subject was there".

"I don't think you can guarantee anything but I plan to be here for sure, that's definitely the goal", Hamilton explained.

"It's not easy for anybody to admit that we're wrong.when we got off the phone I knew that we were united and we're going to be working towards the same common goal", he added.

"So, I'm not going to waste energy into anything else than my performance, really".

Hamilton made his F1 debut in 2007 with McLaren, won his first title in 2008 and moved to Mercedes in 2013.

Hamilton's bid for a record-equalling seventh world championship - to match Michael Schumacher - has been played out against the backdrop of his personal fight against racism.

Lewis Hamilton says Formula 1's forced hiatus on the back of the coronavirus pandemic has provided him with "renewed energy" that could extend his time in the sport.

"I would say that the Covid lockdown, when we had the first part of the season cancelled, whilst it was a negative in many, many ways, in some ways it gave a lot of life, a lot of energy to focus on some other things".

"Ultimately I want to be able to perform at the level I am right now but there is a point at which the physicality and the mental side can tail off", he said.

"We're one of only two teams that have finished all races with both cars this year and we know how quickly a DNF (no-finish) can make a lead in the points disappear".

Speaking about his motivation to remain in the sport, Hamilton cited the lack of drivers from his background in junior categories.

As the only black driver in F1 history, Hamilton has been central to numerous discussions surrounding the sport's messaging calling for an end to racial injustice and improving diversity.

"So I'm just going to try and I want to earn my position here".

Hamilton has previously said his long-term future at the team might depend on team boss Toto Wolff staying as well.

"I think there has been some pushback from some teams maybe, but again, it is a work in progress to get us all together and I think it is going in the right direction". He has been very fair and a great leader in our team. So I " m really appreciative to Romain.

"He used to race, and you can see from all those videos and amusing memes banging on the table that he, like all of us, hates losing and is passionate about this".

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