Hamilton 'honestly hopes' he won't be racing at 40

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Hamilton 'honestly hopes' he won't be racing at 40

Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton "honestly hopes" his career in F1 will have been done and dusted by the time he reaches 40 but admits that "life's evolution can surprise".

Hamilton has yet to decided whether he'll be racing on with Mercedes next season or not, although the Briton has repeatedly said that he intends on remaining on the grid in 2022.

The 36-year-old is rumored to have opened negotiations with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff about his future, with a report from Italy alleging that Hamilton has agreed to a lower retainer for next season, but only under the condition that his bonus for winning the world championship be significantly increased.

Both Mercedes and Hamilton have said that they are aiming to strike a new deal over the summer. However, the duration of a potential new contract would be anyone's guess.

"I honestly hope I’m not racing at 40," Hamilton told Italy's Corriere della Sera. "There are so many things I want to do that it would be difficult.

"But in life the evolution is so fast that it can surprise you. For example, I didn’t expect to have as much fun as I am having this season."

Hamilton is being given a tremendous run for his money this season by Red Bull's Max Verstappen who currently leads the world championship.

While the Briton is excited to take on the challenge, he revealed that his enthusiasm this year was also rooted in everything he's learned in the past 12 months leading his life in lockdown mode and broadening his horizons.

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"I don’t think it’s because of Max or anyone else," Hamilton said. "The reason is because I’m discovering new things about myself every day.

"With the pandemic lockdowns I’ve had more time to refine my talent, body and mind.

"I’m always competing against myself. I think about how to beat myself, I look at how I was last year and how to beat a seven-time World Champion.

"I don’t look at rivals much, but the new ones are great. Lando Norris, George Russell, Charles [Leclerc], and Carlos [Sainz] above all.

"He has just arrived at Ferrari and he is driving very well, with Leclerc he forms a very strong duo. F1 is in good hands, I predict a bright future."

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Ricciardo stands by young McLaren fan bullied and bruised

Daniel Ricciardo is as relaxed as they come in F1, but the McLaren driver will get Aussie tough... The post Ricciardo stands by young McLaren fan bullied and bruised appeared first on F1i.com.

Ricciardo stands by young McLaren fan bullied and bruised

Daniel Ricciardo is as relaxed as they come in F1, but the McLaren driver will get Aussie tough to defend one of the team's own, be it just a young fan.

A concerning parent posted a message on Twitter yesterday along with a picture of her 10-year-old son, Luis, who had been bullied and bruised in the street and also had his McLaren cap stomped on and stolen.

"Can I just take a moment to say BULLYING IS NOT OK. My 10-year-old son is at a breaking point due to bullying," wrote @ChaoticCoopers.

"They stole and stamped on his @McLarenF1 hat – one of his favourite things and left him looking like this @LandoNorris @danielricciardo #stopbullying #BeKind."

Ricciardo responded to the tweet in short order with a few words of relief and encouragement, and a promise to send a new McLaren cap the young fan's way.

"Sorry to hear this, but don’t stress buddy. Makes you look tough!" said the Honey Badger. "Bullies are the weak ones, don’t forget that. I’ll sort you out with a new hat and some other goodies. Stay up lil homie."

Needless to say, the response triggered a massive wave of support for Luis that overwhelmed the family.

"Luis is buzzing you have replied – thank you!!! As upset as he is about the hat I can replace it but I can't replace his childhood – Hope some conversations can begin to stop bullying, that's all I wanted – Living the Mum life."

Following Danny Ric's message, McLaren itself came forward to offer Luis its support, and an antidote of sorts to the young fan's pain.

Someone might be going on a field trip to Woking this summer…

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