Reigning Components One champion, Lewis Hamilton has insisted there aren’t any plans of him retiring on the finish of this 12 months after signing solely a one-year deal to stay at Mercedes for 2021.
The world champion additionally confirmed he’ll proceed to take a knee in protest in opposition to racism forward of his title defence.
However the Briton stated: ‘I do not really feel as if that is the tip.
‘We’ve acquired regulation adjustments occurring subsequent 12 months that are thrilling, and this season might be essentially the most thrilling but. We’ve new groups, new codecs, and it’s nearer.
‘Over the subsequent eight months or so I’ll discover out if I’m able to cease, however I do not suppose I’ll.
‘The place has nothing to do with whether or not we’re or not profitable the championship. I do not give up when the going will get robust.
‘I wished a one-year deal. I’m totally dedicated to this sport.’ Components One, in the meantime, have given the drivers freedom to take a knee, or to face, within the pre-race ceremonials this season.
Hamilton stated: ‘Final 12 months it felt good to take the knee on a private degree to let the black group know I hear you, I see you and I stand with you.
‘We’ve an incredible platform right here. I plan to proceed to take the knee as a result of it is necessary for younger kids who’re watching. They’ll ask their mother and father or their academics why we’re doing that.’
This comes after Former Components 1 boss, Bernie Ecclestone claimed Lewis Hamilton is “being utilized by the Black Lives Matter motion” over the Components One star’s anti-racism stance.
The 90-year-old motorsport mogul additionally stated in a current interview that he would have ban Components One drivers from taking a knee earlier than races and would cease them from sporting anti-racism t-shirts on the rostrum if he have been nonetheless in cost.
‘I’ve stated to his father, “Lewis must be cautious”. As a result of he is being utilized by the people who find themselves supporting this Black Lives Matter and they’re taking some huge cash from it. And no person is aware of the place it goes.’
‘If I would nonetheless been round there would not have been anybody sporting [anti-racism] t-shirts on the rostrum, that is for certain.
‘100 per cent, there would not have been this enterprise of kneeling earlier than races.’