Lewis Hamilton feels at the peak of his powers and has no intention of retiring soon. Having completed the most successful first half of a Formula One season in his career with a thrilling victory at the Hungarian Grand Prix, the five-times world champion is firmly on track to take another title this year.
Hamilton beat Red Bull’s Max Verstappen into second place at the Hungaroring after completing a brilliantly executed race. With Mercedes taking a gamble on stopping twice, Hamilton closed down a 20-second gap to Verstappen and passed him with three laps to go. The charge was a display of ruthless, precision driving by Hamilton and secured his eighth win from 12 grands prix.
“I want the second half to be even stronger than this first half,” Hamilton said. “I am 34 years old but I feel like I am driving better than ever. Hopefully on Sunday you could see I have not lost any speed.”
Hamilton is in his 13th season in Formula One and has one more year on his contract with Mercedes, whom he joined in 2013 and with whom he has won four of his titles. He is two behind Michael Schumacher’s record of seven and only 10 behind his tally of race wins. He has already surpassed the German to claim the most pole positions.