Hamilton: Stayed Behind For Pirelli Test As I Intend To Race in 2022

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Lewis Hamilton on Friday said that he took the step of volunteering to take part in a test session for Pirelli as he intends to keep racing in Formula 1 next year.

The seven-time world champion extended his contract by one year, leading to some people stating that he might retire by the end of 2021. It seems however that this is not true as he chose to stay back in Imola after the race to test Pirelli’s latest prototype of the 18-inch tyres which are to be introduced next year.

“Firstly, I don’t ever volunteer for test days,” Hamilton was heard admitting. “That is probably one of the first ones that I have volunteered for.

“So I immediately regretted it when I woke up in the morning! I was like ‘damn it’. But it was a really great track to do the test that so I enjoyed the day and the weather was good.

“I plan to be here next year and I want to be a part of that, I want to help Pirelli.” “It’s something that drivers, all of us I think, have wished for – [higher] performance tyres – moving forward.

So it was important for me to see, to gauge where the starting point is and what differences I can help [with]. So that, first of all, from a drivers’ point of view, we have more grip, more mechanical grip in our tyres, less degradation.

Hamilton did mention that he is not fully committed to next year, but is enjoying the championship battle that is currently going on with Max Verstappen.

“I’m pretty spontaneous so it could always change,” he stated “But I’m enjoying this battle that we’re having. It’s been more exciting. It’s been even more of a challenge.”

“As I said, I continue to love working with this team, and it’s encouraging to see the step for example my team are really making towards becoming more inclusive and more diverse. I think today they already announced one of the initiatives that we have within our organisation.

“We still have a lot of work to do as a sport. There are still many teams that have continued to stay silent. There are many people so far that are not particularly being held accountable and there’s still a lot of work to do within this sport.

“I know that being here I have more chance of helping change that than not. So that’s something I’m looking to [do]. I don’t know how long I can stay, but we’ll see.”

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