Lewis Hamilton is all set to be in Mercedes for the rest of his career. The hint came in while he was praising the way in which the manufacturer treats its drivers.
Hamilton has been with Mercedes in one way or another all through his Formula 1 career. He was racing Mercedes powered McLaren from 2007-12 after which he switched to Mercedes-AMG PETRONAS team.
Hamilton’s current contract expires at the end of 2018, so when asked which team he would like to move to next, he said, “It’s difficult to say.
“I’m so happy where I am when I joined this team, I couldn’t have imagined, it being – and this is regardless of our results – I couldn’t have dreamed of it being better.
“I’m pretty sure there’s no other team that has this environment. Pretty certain of it.
“If I was to move, I’d have to try take what we have here and implement it somewhere else, but do I really want to do that?
“I mean… of course I look at other teams that I’ve admired. I look at Williams and think ‘how cool would it be one day to drive for Williams and help them get back to the top’.
“But I don’t have a magic board and how long that would take or if that’s even possible, but just because I admire Frank [Williams] and the Williams team for its history.
“McLaren; I’ve been there obviously and done that, had a great, great experience with them. [There’s] no other team except for Ferrari obviously that could ever be interesting.
“Right now I love being here, I love the people that I work for, the people I work with, and what the company represents.”
Is there a chance that Hamilton could work for Mercedes after his career in Formula 1 as a driver? Hamilton responded, “I love that when you’re a Mercedes driver, there’s no other team in the whole [of] sport I think, that takes care of its own like Mercedes does.
“So to kind of turn your back on that and leave that behind, that’s a very, very difficult call to make.
“If I was to jump ship from here it would be when I stop [driving].
“Mercedes takes care of its own drivers, whether it’s including them in event, including them in commercials, you continue to be an ambassador for the brand, every single driver they’ve done that, so it’s a lot to throw away.”