Defending world champion Lewis Hamilton intends to “dominate even more” in 2015 Formula 1 season.
“It’s an evolution,” Hamilton speaking to Laureus.com, who has been nominated for the prestigious Laureus world sportsman award, including major, sports stars like Novak Djokovic, Rory McIlroy and Cristriano Ronaldo.
“I like to race, I really like to race. The 2015 cars are going to be evolutions of last year’s cars, so it’ll be the same people that we were racing with last year. Red Bull, Williams, and then you’re hoping that it’s a bit of a better year for those like McLaren and Ferrari, so that we have more people to race. The more the merrier.
But, at the same time the 30-year-old speedy said that his opinion about the future, insisting he will know when it’s time to end his F1 career, though he believes that will be a long way down the road.
“If I’m lucky enough to be able to live out my whole Formula One career, then I think I’ve got a good seven, eight years left in me. I’m sure I could go longer, but I think there are only 22 seats in Formula One, so you’ve got to imagine that there are going to be kids coming up along the way. I don’t plan on hogging my seat, particularly if I’m not competitive in my later years. I’ll definitely stop.” Double time world champion added.
The names of the winners of the Laureus World Sports Awards will be announced in Shanghai on April 15. Hamilton was also the winner of the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award in 2008.
He said: “I think 2014 was definitely one of the best, if not the best year of my career, it was just an exceptional year, where the team came together, did an amazing job with the car. We had some ups and downs. Even though we were at the front of the field the majority of the time, it was still a challenge to try and improve all the time. But we want to be better this year, we want to try and dominate even more.”
“I’ve never won the big Award at Laureus and obviously seen the greats that have. So, you know, I’d be massively privileged if I was amongst those. Knowing how prestigious the Laureus Award is I feel very, very grateful and proud to be amongst the great athletes that have been nominated.”
So can he win a second straight world title – the third in his career? With the first Grand Prix just more than a week away, Hamilton said: “I feel fresh, I feel fit. I will plan to drive as good as I did last year, but I want to be better. I hope that we have the package and I hope that we have some good races, but I’m just grateful that I get to race again.”