For Lewis Hamilton, It’s to Infinity and Beyond

The Mercedes driver just won his sixth championship, and he says he’s still not at his peak

By Ian Parkes – New York Times

  • Nov. 27, 2019
Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning his sixth Formula One title at the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas. “I’m going to be racing for more years,” he said. “I want to win every year.”Credit…Dan Istitene/Getty Images

There is a fire that burns in Lewis Hamilton that shows no sign of abating.

At the United States Grand Prix on Nov. 3, Hamilton won the Formula One drivers’ championship for the sixth time. Only Michael Schumacher, who retired in 2012, has won more, with seven.

Over the weekend in Austin, Hamilton, 34, spoke of his ambition to pursue more titles.

“I’m going to be racing for more years — I want to win every year,” Hamilton, of England, said. “I don’t think I have hit my peak yet, so that is comforting.

“I’ll be pushing more than ever in these following years, going into every year as if it’s my first. Everyone starts from a clean slate, and that will be the same next year. We are all fighting for that world title, and I’m still chasing it.”

There are no major changes to the regulations for 2020, which means, because the cars are not changing, Hamilton and Mercedes will again be favorites to win championships; the team won its sixth consecutive constructors’ title in October.

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