Sir Lewis Hamilton rejects his retirement talk despite signing a one-year deal with Mercedes

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Lewis Hamilton rejects retirement talk after signing year extension with Mercedes, with seven-time world champion enjoying the challenge of new teams and formulas in F1 this season

  • The 36-year-old insists he has no plans to retire at the end of this year
  • Hamilton recently signed a one-year contract to stay with Mercedes for 2021
  • World champion also confirmed that he will continue to take a knee for the races

Sir Lewis Hamilton insists he has no plans to retire at the end of this year.

On the eve of his title defense, the world champion also confirmed that he will continue to take a knee.

Hamilton, 36, has only signed a one-year contract to stay with Mercedes for 2021, with his future uncertain thereafter.

Sir Lewis Hamilton insists he has no plans to retire at the end of the year

Sir Lewis Hamilton insists he has no plans to retire at the end of the year

But the Brit said: ‘I don’t feel like this is the end.

Next year there are regulatory changes that are exciting, and this season could be the most exciting yet. We have new teams, new formats and it is closer.

‘For the next eight months I’ll find out if I’m ready to quit, but I don’t think I will.

The position has nothing to do with whether or not you win the championship. I don’t stop when the going gets tough.

Hamilton, 36, recently struck a deal to stay with Mercedes for another season

Hamilton, 36, recently struck a deal to stay with Mercedes for another season

Hamilton, 36, recently struck a deal to stay with Mercedes for another season

‘I wanted a deal for a year. I am fully committed to this sport. Formula 1 has given drivers the freedom to take a knee or stand during the pre-race ceremonies this season.

Hamilton said: ‘Last year it felt good to master on a personal level to let the black community know that I hear you, I see you and I stand with you.

‘We have a great platform here. I plan to continue taking the knee as it is important for young children watching. They can ask their parents or their teachers why we are doing this. ‘

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