Lewis Hamilton states that it would not be an easy choice to leave Mercedes in the future. The contract of the six-time world champion expires after 2020 and there are rumors about a switch to Ferrari.
On Sunday, Hamilton won the race in his Mercedes in a dominant way at the Yas Marina Circuit, after having already won his third world title in a row for the German team. He spoke of the perfect way to end the season.
"We really are in a great series with this team," the Brit emphasized. "Although we already had the world titles, we kept pushing." Still he got questions about the rumors about a possible switch to Ferrari.
That will not be easy, Hamilton said. "I love this team, so it is not an easy decision to just go somewhere else. It is smart to think carefully about what I want in the final phase of my career. I want to be able to keep winning."
Hamilton said to look forward to future fights with Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc, for example. "It's really nice to compete with those young drivers. That makes me feel young too," said the 34-year-old Englishman.
A happy Lewis Hamilton during the podium ceremony in Abu Dhabi. (Photo: Pro Shots)
"It's just nice that others are getting closer"
There was no question of a fight in Abu Dhabi. Mercedes won for the sixth time in a row on the ultramodern circuit. Hamilton was slightly faster than he had expected. "I was told that we would be slightly two tenths per lap faster than the competitors, but it was about half a second."
The only point of concern in the race was to keep the medium tires on which Hamilton started from pole as long as possible. "I was busy with that, because at least we wanted to wait for Max to stop."
The reigning champion did not mind a little more struggle for victory. "That would have been nice, yes, but I think those fights have come through often enough throughout the season, including Max. They are getting closer and closer and that is just fun."
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