Lewis Hamilton is set to extend his Formula 1 career beyond his 40th birthday after revealing he will sign a new contract with Mercedes in the coming months.
Hamilton’s £40m-a-year contract with Mercedes expires at the end of next season.
But the seven-time world champion, who turns 38 in January, wants to continue his record run in the sport, with a multi-year extension that will take him into his 40s.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s Mexican Grand Prix, Hamilton said: “We’re going to make another deal. We will sit down and discuss this over the next few months. »
Later, he added, “I don’t put a limit, but I plan to do a multi-year contract.”
Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 after bursting onto the Formula 1 scene with McLaren in 2007.
The Stevenage-born driver, who has the most wins and pole positions in F1 history – and shares the record of seven world championships with Michael Schumacher – has been supported by the Silver Arrows since childhood.
Hamilton has endured a turbulent campaign in his uncompetitive Mercedes machinery this season, while there were question marks over his return to F1 following his controversial championship loss to Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi last year.
However, Hamilton continued: “I want to keep racing. I like what I do. I’ve been doing it for 30 years and I don’t think I should stop. I think I still earn my living. I still want to do better.
“I could stop now and I have a lot of other things in the pipeline that I’ll be super focused and super busy with. I’m here out of pure love to work in the organization I’m in. So you’re stuck with me a little longer.
“My goal is to continue to be with Mercedes. I’ve been with Mercedes since I was 13. It’s really my family.
“Mercedes-Benz stuck with me through thick and thin. They stuck with me after I got kicked out of school. They stuck with me through everything until 2020. They stuck with me. me through my mistakes and through the ups and downs.
Hamilton was denied his first win of the season when Verstappen passed him to take the lead with just six laps to go at Austin’s Circuit of the Americas last weekend.
The result leaves Hamilton in danger of losing his remarkable record of winning at least one race in every year he has competed.
But Mercedes boss Toto Wolff urged his side to keep the momentum going to Mexico after the narrow defeat at Hamilton.
Speaking ahead of Round 20 of 22, Wolff said: “Lewis rode an outstanding race to finish second. We must maintain this momentum.
“Race day in Austin was a real rollercoaster of emotions. Even though we didn’t really have the pace to win, it was great to be in the lead pack and lead the race.
“The upgrades we made in Texas were a step forward and we were closer to the front line than we have been recently.
“We’re cautiously optimistic heading into Mexico, but the W13 can be unpredictable from track to track, so we’ll have to wait and see.”