Hamilton’s Pirelli assessments hints at 2022 plans
Lewis Hamilton says his determination to check for Pirelli final week hints at his want to remain in System 1 as he seems to enhance the tires for future seasons.
Pirelli is creating tires for the 18-inch wheels that shall be launched in 2022 as a part of a raft of radical new technical laws, and Hamilton joined teammate Valtteri Bottas in finishing up a check at Imola final week. Though he has solely signed a contract for this season, Hamilton says he requested to do the tire check as a result of he plans on racing the brand new product subsequent yr.
“Effectively firstly, I don’t ever volunteer for check days and it’s in all probability one of many first ones I’ve volunteered for, so I instantly regretted it once I wakened within the morning on the day!” Hamilton mentioned. “I used to be like, ‘dammit!’
“However no actually, firstly it was at a very nice monitor to check at, so I loved the day and the climate was good. And I plan to be right here subsequent yr, and I need to assist Pirelli and assist lead in direction of them having a greater product.
“It’s one thing that the drivers all have wished for I feel – higher efficiency – and so it was necessary for me to gauge the place the place to begin is and what variations I can assist with. So from a driver perspective we’ve extra mechanical grip, much less degradation… So I feel it was a great check, and clearly it was step one with the tires, but it surely positively wasn’t a nasty place to start out.”
Whereas the shut title battle with Max Verstappen is getting Hamilton’s aggressive juices flowing, he says his want to enhance illustration in F1 additionally performs a significant half in his pondering when he weighs up his future.
“I’m fairly spontaneous so it might at all times change,” he mentioned. “I’m having fun with this battle that we’re having, it’s getting extra thrilling, it’s been much more of a problem and I proceed to like working with this workforce.
“It’s encouraging to see the steps for instance my workforce are actually making in direction of changing into extra inclusive and extra various. We nonetheless have a whole lot of work to do as a sport. There are nonetheless many groups which have continued to remain silent, some people who up to now haven’t significantly been held accountable, and there’s nonetheless a whole lot of work to do inside this sport. And I do know that being right here, I’ve extra probability of serving to change that than not in order that’s one thing I’m seeking to (do) – I don’t understand how lengthy I can keep although, so we’ll see.”