Seven-time world champion Hamilton signed a brand new one-year contract with Mercedes for the 2021 season again in February, elevating questions on his long-term future.
However Hamilton has already mentioned his future past 2021 will not be depending on profitable a record-breaking eighth world title this yr, nor does it really feel like it will likely be his closing season in F1.
Hamilton took half in a tyre take a look at with Pirelli at Imola final week following the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, carried out working on a set of its growth 18-inch tyres for 2022.
Hamilton is thought to not be a fan of extra testing, and joked that he “instantly regretted” volunteering when he wakened forward of the Imola working, however felt that it was essential to assist Pirelli with its tyres for 2022.
“It was a extremely nice monitor to check at so I loved the day and the climate was good,” Hamilton mentioned.
“Sure, I believe I plan to be right here subsequent yr, and I need to be part of it and I need to assist Pirelli and serving to them lead in the direction of having a greater product.
“That’s one thing that the drivers, all of us I believe, have wished for, for extra efficiency tyres shifting forwards.
“So it was essential for me to see and to gauge what the tyres are like, the place the place to begin is and what the variations are, what variations that I will help with, so from a driver perspective that we now have extra grip, extra mechanical grip in our tyres, [and] higher degradation.
“I believe it was a great take a look at and clearly it was step one of the tyres however it positively wasn’t a nasty take a look at to start out.”
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes within the Press Convention
Photograph by: FIA Pool
Picked up on his remark about planning to be on the grid in 2022, Hamilton mentioned that his plans “can all the time change” as he’s “fairly spontaneous”, however spoke about how a lot he was having fun with the problem of the early 2021 title combat in opposition to Max Verstappen.
He additionally spoke of the necessity to do additional work to enhance range all through motorsport, working carefully along with his Mercedes crew on initiatives for the longer term.
“I am having fun with this battle that we’re having, it is extra thrilling, it’s been much more of a problem,” Hamilton mentioned.
“As I mentioned, I proceed to like working with this crew and it is encouraging to see the steps that my crew are making towards changing into extra inclusive and extra various.
“I believe in the present day they already introduced one of many initiatives we now have inside our organisation and we nonetheless have a variety of work to do as a sport. There are nonetheless many groups which have continued to remain silent.
“There are various individuals to this point that haven’t significantly been held accountable and there is nonetheless a variety of work to do inside this sport.
“I do know that being right here, I’ve extra of an opportunity of serving to change that than not, in order that’s one thing I am trying to.
“I do not understand how lengthy I’ll keep right here, we’ll see.”