GOOD MORNING FORMULA ONE FANS,
Lewis Hamilton has dropped a massive hint that he plans to stay in F1 next season.
He said: “Well firstly I don’t ever volunteer for test days and it’s probably one of the first ones I have volunteered for, so I immediately regretted it when I woke up in the morning on the day!
“I was like, ‘dammit!’ But no honestly, firstly it was at a really great track to test at, so I enjoyed the day and the weather was good.
“And I plan to be here next year and I want to help Pirelli and help lead towards them having a better product.
“The drivers, all of us, have wished for more performance tyres and so it was important for me to gauge where the starting point is and what the difference is.
“So, I think it was a good test and obviously the first step with the tyres.”
Hamilton was picked up on his remark that he “plans to be” in F1 in 2022 and admitted his decision-making is always “pretty spontaneous”.
However, he said that he is still enjoying his time with Mercedes and this season’s battle with Max Verstappen, with Hamilton edging the championship by just a point from the Dutchman.
He added: “The thing is, I’m pretty spontaneous so it can always change but I don’t know, I’m enjoying this battle.
“It’s getting more exciting, it’s been even more of a challenge. As I’ve said I continue to love working with this team. I don’t know how long I can stay though, we’ll see.”
Formula One say they ARE committed to fighting against racism – despite failing to follow other sports in their social media boycott.
British drivers Hamilton, Lando Norris and George Russell have all followed Premier League stars in staying off social media until Monday.
The move is in protest at social media companies’ failure to do more to stop online abuse.
But while F1 continue to post across their social media channels, the sport say they don’t believe their failure to stop undermines their own anti-racism message.
And Mercedes’ Toto Wolff were among those to defend F1 after the sport refused the social media blackout this weekend.
He said: “I think Formula 1 and Mercedes have shown commitment to the fight against racism all year long, not only with the visual initiative but we have launched several campaigns to increase diversity.
“We have invested considerable resource in setting up these programmes and we would very much leave it to the drivers to decide whether they want to take part in a UK-based boycott.
“I think fighting against racism with a very different tool is necessary. We are, Formula 1, a global sport and it is up to everyone to decide whether they want to join this UK initiative.”
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