Hamilton wants to stay at Mercedes ‘until the day I die’

MONZA, Italy — Lewis Hamilton insists he has no options to retire from Method 1 following this disappointing time, and the seven-time world winner added he needs to stay at Mercedes “until the day I die.”

Hamilton is winless by way of 15 races this period and sixth in the standings. He trails reigning world champion Max Verstappen, who conquer Hamilton for very last year’s title in a controversial period-ending race, by 152 points heading into the Italian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The bad rollout of Mercedes’ draggy 2022 auto has Hamilton in danger of the 1st winless time of his 16-yr profession.

There is been speculation Daniel Ricciardo could transfer to Mercedes as a reserve driver next period, then choose about for Hamilton when the Briton’s deal expires at the stop of 2023.

“For a long time we have be likely about, up and down with stories of retirement and stopping and for me, I experience much healthier than I’ve at any time felt,” the 37-12 months-outdated Hamilton responded when he was questioned about it even though sitting down next to Ricciardo at a news convention on Thursday.

“As I aim a ton on that, I’m sensation in good shape, I appreciate what I’m doing and I really do not system on halting at any time shortly.”

He then turned to Ricciardo, who had been whispering to Hamilton by way of the 30-moment information convention, “sorry, buddy.”

Hamilton is in his 10th season with Mercedes. He moved there immediately after 6 seasons with McLaren.

“I really like that we have the long partnership we have. I truly feel like we are embarking on a ton of truly beneficial things, not only in the sport but outdoors,” Hamilton ongoing.

“And I think there’s a ton of function to attain with each other. So I want to be a component of that, I feel I’ll generally be with Mercedes, until finally the working day I die. And I feel like I can race for quite a little bit for a longer time so I’ll be possibly steering towards that.”

Hamilton was set to get a grid penalty for working with a fourth power device — a person over the restrict — as a consequence of his crash at the Belgian Grand Prix.

Ricciardo won at Monza very last 12 months to file McLaren’s to start with F1 victory given that 2012. But he heads into this year’s race with his long term unsure right after a buyout was negotiated with the Australian on the last year of his McLaren agreement.

“I’m really evaluating almost everything and I suggest, in quick, I don’t have just about anything teed up nevertheless,” Ricciardo said. “And I assume when I do I’ll be the to start with to convey to you, there is no cause for me to hold back any details now. It’s variety of all open up and out there.

“So I’m confident around time, the suitable issue, whatsoever that ends up becoming, will make feeling,” he ongoing. “It’s not just about what is ideal for future 12 months, it’s what’s proper for my future. It goes beyond 2023. So it’s sophisticated, but when I know, you will.”

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