Lewis Hamilton has made clear that he hopes to remain in Formula 1 for many more years to come, telling fans that he is feeling fitter and hungrier than ever before as he prepares for the new season.
It comes following hints that he could soon be set to retire after he told select members of the media, including RacingNews365.com, that he doesn't plan on being in the sport into his 40s, like old rival Fernando Alonso.
At the age of 37, those comments would suggest that his time in the sport is fast coming to an end, but the Briton says he still boasts a fitness and work ethic to trump the youngsters fighting to one day prise his many records from him.
Hamilton: At 37, I am fitter that ever before
"I'm always trying to be better, I'm always trying to be the best version of myself," he told fans, speaking at the 2022 Dubai Expo.
"I think we live in a crazy time in the world and for all of us, probably, we're always just trying to stay focused on being happy, finding that happy centre, you know, being the best you can be every single day.
"For me, right now, it's focusing on being the healthiest I can be. I think today, I feel the healthiest, the fittest I've ever been, the most focused.
"My work ethic, I think, is better than it's ever been. I know exactly what I want, and I know exactly how to get there. It's not an easy road, but I know together we can do it."
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When asked if he plans to be around for years to come, Hamilton said: "I hope so, I hope so! One day at a time, right? I think one day at a time.
"What I do know is that I still love what I do. I'm still so challenged. I didn't think at this age I would feel so sharp and so energised.
"I'm still getting up for my morning runs and still putting those workouts in, still putting the time in, more than the other youngsters do!
"I've had the success that I've had, so I'm grateful that I've still got that hunger, and we'll see."
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