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Hamilton/Mercedes partnership could last 'forever'

  • Published on 01 Nov 2018 11:32
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Mercedes says that its partnership with Lewis Hamilton could last forever, but the five-time world champion says that he can never say never about the possibility of joining another team in the future.

Hamilton wrapped up his latest title in Mexico last weekend, crossing the line in fourth place. The Briton secured his fourth title in the last five years, making him the second driver ever to win back-to-back titles twice.

And should Mercedes keep giving him competitive cars, it may be a long-standing relationship: "As long as we provide a car that is competitive to win championships and he continues to drive like he does, this can be a relationship that goes forever," said team boss Toto Wolff.

Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 after spending five years with McLaren. The 33-year-old has closed in on and broken records in his time with the Silver Arrows, and sees his current contract run until the end of the 2020 season.

Hamilton admits that he can't see himself going to another team, but says you can never say never: "At the moment, it's very very difficult to imagine, envisage myself anywhere else. This is my family, this is where I grew up but I said the same thing when I was at McLaren.

"I think one of the reasons I wanted to move was to go somewhere else and see if you could do something special somewhere else. I knew I could but I needed to prove it to everyone else. Right now, I don't feel like I need to go and be in another team to win a title in another team but you can never say never."

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  • blade

    Posts: 341

    A footballer who stays loyal to one team s forever regarded as honourable. I think he should be the same at Mercedes. As I've said before - if he was a second rate driver Mercedes would be the first to drop him - but that's not going to happen anytime soon. He is top dog and demands top support, Mercedes are superior constructors and have the pick of the drivers - enough said. Id like to see Hamilton retire at mercedes and take over from Niki when the great man eventually steps down, let's all hope that day is years away yet. Hamilton has a god chance of securing every meaningful record, but he needs to do it in the next 2 years as I think that Max (for one) is an increasing threat and heir apparent.

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    • Nov 2 2018 - 22:31
  • boudy

    Posts: 1,168

    It's not weird that he wants a teammate that is good enough to provide cover but just not good enough to beat him consistently. Is this what Mercedes wants another fabricated championship? They should have the best two drivers in the world in those cars and they haven't. It doesn't matter how many times Hamilton becomes champion like that since it doesn't proof that he could beat another top driver in the same car.

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    • Nov 3 2018 - 08:51

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