LONDON (Reuters) – Lewis Hamilton says the result of his bid for a record eighth world championship this season will not determine whether he will remain in Formula 1.
The 36-year-old is only contracted with Mercedes until the end of 2021, but on Tuesday he said he was “ fully invested ” in the delivery for his team.
Asked how much his future depended on his title bid, the Briton told reporters after the launch of his team’s new W12 car that he didn’t want it to be the deciding factor.
“I started running because I loved running and I think this should always be at the heart of what I do,” he said.
“If I don’t love racing, if all you want is recognition, if all you want to achieve is titles, I feel like I could potentially lose my way.
“Obviously it’s the ultimate dream (to be an eight-time champion) but I don’t think it will necessarily be the deciding factor if I stay or move forward,” added the sport’s most successful driver.
Hamilton has won one race every season since starting McLaren in 2007 and took 11 wins last season.
The Englishman now has a record of 95 wins, 98 poles …
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