Lewis Hamilton has no intention of abandoning Mercedes after a disappointing start to the 2023 Formula 1 season, the reigning world champion declared.
Speaking to reporters following a sixth-place finish in the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix, Hamilton said his commitment to the German marque remains as strong as ever and that he has no “plan” to go elsewhere.
“I’m here to win,” Hamilton said when asked about his future. “My goal is to get back to the top step of the podium and everything else is secondary. I’ve been with Mercedes since I started in the sport and that hasn’t changed.”
The seven-time world champion has had a difficult start to the 2023 campaign, having failed to qualify higher than sixth in any of the first four races and sitting a full 50 points behind championship leader Max Verstappen.
Hamilton has been particularly vocal about the team’s troubles in recent weeks, suggesting that the car’s lack of pace and reliability have been the main culprits for his struggles so far. But he has also made it clear that he is determined to turn things around.
“I’m not going to throw the towel in or walk away,” he said. “I’m here to fight, and I’m here to win. I’m not going to give up until I get the job done.”
Despite the poor start to the season, Hamilton remains confident that he can turn things around and mount a serious challenge for the world title. He has made it clear that he is committed to Mercedes and that he has no plans to leave the team anytime soon.