Lewis Hamilton opens up on F1 retirement plans and makes Red Bull and Ferrari prediction

Lewis Hamilton has no plans to retire from F1 any time soon insisting: “there’s more to win”.

Hamilton has won five world championships and is leading the standings this year, winning eight of the 12 races to daye.

And with the Brit two titles behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven, the 34-year-old is not thinking about calling it a day just yet.

“One day I will have to stop, but right now I feel fantastic physically and mentally,” said Hamilton.

“I don’t currently have any plans of stopping soon. There’s more to do, there’s more to win, there’s more to achieve together, inside and outside of the car.

“It’s been a phenomenal journey [at Mercedes],” added Hamilton. “I think right now I’m just excited to see what more we can do together and what’s next.

“I honestly don’t know why some people decide to stop at the times they decide to stop, but I love driving. I really, really love the challenge.”

With Hamilton’s dominance in 2019, it’s perhaps no surprise that Mercedes are leading the constructors’ championship.

They are 150 points ahead of Ferrari, with Red Bull 44 points further adrift. But Hamilton expects a tougher second half to the year.

“Eight wins in the first half of the season is obviously exceptional,” said Hamilton.

“Ferrari have had a good package, they’ve obviously come with a certain philosophy this year that doesn’t work everywhere.

“Red Bull, I don’t know what changes they’ve done to their car but they seem to really be able turn it round, I think the engine has really made a big step for them as well which is great.

“I look at those races and I say eight out of 12 [wins]? There’s still some missing. So how did we miss those ones? How were we not perfect on those weekends?

“We’ve also had races where we were fortunate and Ferrari were quicker. Sometimes it was team error or sometimes it was driver error.

“I do think the next half of the season could be much, much harder as we continue to have this battle.”

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