Lewis Hamilton says he feels as “fresh and energetic” as he did five years ago and that he could probably make 400 race starts if he wanted to.
That Mercedes Ace ranks sixth in the list of most races attended formula 1 but will move up to fourth by the end of this season provided he competes in every remaining race, sitting at 304 with Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher, both of whom are just a handful of races ahead.
However, it’s just another big number in a career that’s littered with records for Hamilton and it sounds like he has no particular intention of finishing it just yet given he turns 37 earlier this calendar year.
Indeed, Formula 1 drivers seem to last longer in terms of the length of their careers, assuming they still want to compete as Fernando Alonso is now in his forties and showing no signs of quitting one Signing a contract with Aston Martin for 2023, which could last three years.
If all goes according to plan he will surpass 400 races in that period and will be the first to do so, but he may be joined relatively soon by Hamilton who has said he could hit 400 depending on how he feels in itself at the moment.
Speaking to Canal+, Hamilton said:
“As crazy as it is, 300 is so many races but I feel young and fresh. I still feel just as energetic as I did five years ago.
“It’s just a number. I could probably go to 400.”
Can Lewis Hamilton race 400?
Of course, with things like nutrition and sports science improving all the time, drivers can prepare better than ever for the demands of driving these modern F1 cars, while a bumpy season of 20+ races in a year also increases the number of race starts and makes it a bit easier to reach such a big number than in the past, although that should be no small feat for Hamilton and Alonso, who have been standout names at the pinnacle of motorsport year after year.
Ultimately, reaching 400 for Hamilton could at least depend on whether the car he has will still mix it up front. Mercedes haven’t been where they’re used to this season, but if it’s a slip and they’re back next season, 400 could be a no-brainer for Lewis – the win only sweetens the deal.
Sebastian Vettel has shown a lack of a competitive car up front but can see interest in driving F1 waning and perhaps that’s the only thing stopping Hamilton at the moment from making it an incredible milestone in the future.
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