Hamilton eyes another three years in F1, praises Grosjean

British Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton intends to be in F1 for 'at least another three years'

Speaking during an official video news conference ahead of this weekend " s British Grand Prix, the world championship leading Mercedes driver said he felt fit enough to stay on top - and is motivated by his position as the sport " s only black driver. Some F1 drivers have taken the opportunity to kneel in support of the anti-racism movement ahead of each race, but in Hungary the moment was rushed and appeared to be poorly planned by the GPDA. With his fellow director, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, he had been pushing for the protests to continue, but Grosjean thought the opposing side of the argument needed a voice, something he no longer thinks was the right approach. The British Grand Prix, since I was a kid, was always a massive thing, it was nearly like a festival and turning up at the circuit with nobody here is quite peculiar, " Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said.

Hamilton, speaking separately, said he had been impressed by his conversation with Grosjean and appreciated the Frenchman's approach.

"It's a different year, of course, we've only done three races so that's why it doesn't feel like it's dragging on or anything, but things are definitely moving in the right direction", he said.

"It has given me a renewed bit of energy to perhaps go longer".

"He is clearly a caring person, so to hear that he said that... it is not easy, firstly, for anyone to admit that we are wrong and that's a great first step".

"But I don't see that happening in a particular short term in the next two or three years".

"I really, really appreciate Romain". And that's a great first step.

"I'm sure the team has reacted to that and learned again from that so hopefully it won't happen again". I spent time talking to Alex, spoke to Jean and so we are all united at the GPDA.

"Yes, since I've been with the team it has been Lewis winning the title, so I know that I need to beat Lewis if I want to be the World Champion, but [I need to beat] everyone else as well, so it's only in our favour, as a team, that we have the advantage", he explained on Thursday.

"And that bit of time off was really a bit of breathing space". My goal is to continue for as long as I can, ie at least three years.

"I don't think you'll find anyone in the world saying I'm a racist or did something wrong, so I wasn't very happy about being treated that way".

F1's drivers have not all been unified in the act of kneeling, with six declining to do so at the opening events.

"There was an issue with the fuelling system, something with the pipe or the vent where the fuel goes, so it was around two kilos or a bit more over-fuelled in qualifying", he told reporters at the British Grand Prix.

"Everybody has their own way of expressing it", said Verstappen. "Their reasons are personal, it's just a feeling. But it would be nice to get there one day".

He heads into the British Grand Prix on Sunday as the favorite to win at his home circuit of Silverstone for a seventh time but for the first time without any fans there to cheer him on due to the pandemic.



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