Many believe that the main reason behind Lewis Hamilton extending his contract at Mercedes is for a record eighth title.
However, this is not why Hamilton decided to continue in the sport, according to the driver’s dad Anthony.
Hamilton went past Michael Schumacher’s tally of most race wins last season. He currently sits tied with the German great on seven world championships.
Hamilton has been dominant at Mercedes, winning six of the seven titles since switching to the team in 2013. Although his contract negotiations dragged on for an eternity, the 36-year-old will begin the upcoming season as a heavy favourite.
Interestingly, no mention of the eighth title were made by either Hamilton or Mercedes boss Toto Wolff when the contract extension was announced.
Instead, the focus was on diversity and inclusion. Both parties have agreed on setting up a joint foundation that will get drivers from diverse backgrounds in British motorsport.
Now, Hamilton’s father Anthony has suggested that titles and accolades are not that important for his son.
“They’ve [Hamilton and Mercedes] had a long relationship together,” Anthony said.
“I think loyalty is quite important in this world nowadays. It’s nice to see them coming together for another year.
“I don’t think the record is the target… there’s a realisation that obviously he’s getting older and wants to do other things in life.
“There’s more to life than racing, but for now he’s happy to do another year.”