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Lewis Hamilton Plans to Compete in Formula 1 Into His 40s

2024 Saudi Grand Prix, Friday Sam Bloxham

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Lewis Hamilton fans should be delighted that their hero plans to continue racing in Formula 1 into his 40s. The seven-time world champion, who is joining Ferrari next season, made the revelation in a press conference ahead of this weekend’s Grand Prix in China. Hamilton’s announcement comes only a week after Spain’s Fernando Alonso signed a new deal with Aston Martin that will keep him in F1 until at least 2026, past his 45th birthday.

Hamilton turns 40 on January 7 but says he still feels young and capable of competing with Formula 1‘s young guns. Speaking to the media in China, Hamilton said, “I’m not the oldest driver here. I am going to be racing for quite some time still so it’s good Alonso is still around. I never thought I would be racing into my 40s. I’m pretty sure I said I wouldn’t. But life is such a crazy trip. I don’t feel 40. I generally feel great.”

The British star has won 103 Grand Prix from 336 entries, the most of any F1 driver in the sport’s history. Once a darling of people enjoying online sports betting due to his 30%+ win rate, Hamilton has not won a race and sprayed his adoring fans with champagne since he won the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December 2021. While some critics cite Hamilton’s age as one of the primary reasons for his lack of recent success, most experts agree that Hamilton is overperforming in a Mercedes that is just not competitive compared to the Oracle Red Bull team.

Hamilton will aim to enjoy his 104th career victory this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix. He has driven to victory in China six times, trailing only the Canadian Grand Prix (7 wins), the Hungarian Grand Prix (8), and the British Grand Prix (8) in terms of races won. However, two ninth-place finishes, a seventh, and a retirement from the first four races of the 2024 season suggest Hamilton could be in for a tough time at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Bursting Onto the Racing Scene

Everyone connected to motorsport knew Hamilton was destined for the top when he began karting in 1993 at only eight. Two years later, Hamilton won his first title and became the youngest-ever driver to win the British cadet karting championship.

Hamilton began climbing through the ranks, his reputation as a skilled and fearless driver…

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