Lewis Hamilton believes he still displayed his hunger for the sport of Formula One after a battling drive saw him finish fourth despite starting the race from the pit lane.
Even though Kimi Raikkonen held off Hamilton in the latter stages of the race, the Brit believes his performance proves he still has hunger for the sport, quashing any potential talk about the Brit retiring in the near future.
Regarding the speculation, Hamilton said: “Hopefully that continues to show me and show everyone that I still have a lot of fire in my heart.
“I’m still young at heart and still got many, many more races to go.”
Hamilton is the most successful British driver in history after securing his fourth world title. He also has competed in 207 Grands Prix and currently holds the record for the most pole positions.
The record that eludes him is the overall win record, which Michael Schumacher currently holds with 91 wins.
Hamilton currently stands 28 wins behind, meaning he would need at least two or three more seasons to reach this tally, something Hamilton has hinted at doing, but he may not want to continue for that long.
However, Hamilton had an upbeat mood after the race which saw him finish in fourth position after starting from the back of the grid.
“[Today] felt reminiscent of my karting days,” Hamilton added.
“I would always start at the back, particularly in my first year or two.
“I think on one side I messed up yesterday and put myself in the worst position.“I was quick enough to win the race from pole for us to the flag.
“I didn’t do that so that made the job a lot harder today but waking up this morning my goal was to try to redeem myself from yesterday’s mistake and really do the team proud.”
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