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F1 2021 Hamilton. 2021 doesn39;t feel like my final season in

F1 2021 Hamilton. 2021 doesn39;t feel like my final season in

F1 F1 final my Hamilton: doesn't feel season in like 2021

Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

Lewis Hamilton does not feel like the 2021 season will be his last in Formula 1, despite the ongoing uncertainty about his long-term future

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The world champion elected to only sign a single-year contract extension with Mercedes over the winter, after preferring to not make an extended commitment to race on.

That decision has fuelled speculation that Hamilton could walk away from F1 at the end of this year, especially if he lands a record-breaking eighth world championship title.

But while Hamilton has been clear before that success on the track this year will not define his plans, he revealed ahead of the season opening Bahrain Grand Prix that he is not contemplating calling time on F1.

Asked if he was thinking that 2021 could be his final year in F1, he said: “No, I don’t.

In the current position I’m in, I don’t feel like this is the end.

“Of course we’ve got these changes that are happening next year, which is exciting, and I think this looks like it could be the most exciting season yet.

“We’ve got new teams, new formats, it’s constant.

I don’t feel like I’m at the end, but only the next eight months or so will I find out whether I’m ready to stop or not.

I don’t think I will personally, but you never know.”

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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff and Hamilton have agreed to sit down over the summer to talk about a potential longer future together, with both parties eager to avoid talks dragging on into the winter like it did after last season.

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But while Hamilton’s mindset may be influenced by the overall performance of Mercedes, he says that his love of F1 remains intact.

“The position I’m in has nothing to do with whether we are or we’re not winning a championship,” he said.

“I don’t quit when the going gets tough.

“I wanted a one-year deal and yes, I said to Toto it would be good, if we are to work on the future together, we should talk about it much earlier than January, just before testing starts.

“I’m fully committed to this sport.

This sport is in I think the best place it’s been in terms of the steps we’re taking.

I’m really proud of what F1 is doing in terms of acknowledging that they have a great platform to work towards a better world.

“And I love what I’m doing.

I’ve arrived more excited I think than I have in a long time.

I just said to Bono [race engineer Peter Bonnington], ‘I’m excited to get going’.

“We’re going to have a really great battle one way or another and that’s what I’ve always loved.”

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But just as crucial to the narrative of the season will be the intra-team battles for supremacy, as new players bed into unfamiliar environments and established pairings aim to settle scores

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Fri, 26 Mar 2021 13:00:00 +0000

F1 Tracks has a very special takeover ahead of the 2021 season-opener, with Kylie Minogue herself picking a playlist of tracks to get you going – plus an 

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F1 Tracks has a very special takeover ahead of the 2021 season-opener, with Kylie Minogue herself picking a playlist of tracks to get you going – plus an exclusive Q&A with the Aussie princess of pop herself.

As well as her own singles – including Spinning Around, Magic and Real Groove from her 2020 release Disco – Kylie picks a diverse range of tracks from the likes of Stormzy, MGMT, Daft Punk and Q-Tip.

She also lets us into her favourite F1 driver (no prizes for guessing the answer), gives us an insight into why performing live is like a Formula 1 pit stop, and tells us about her latest album.

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Listen to Kylie Minogue’s F1 Tracks takeover on Spotify, Apple or Deezer.

Are there any similarities between the buzz of F1 and buzz of live music?
The logistics of setting up an F1 event make even my biggest shows seem small but, there are definitely similarities! They’re both live events with adrenalin and excitement and both have that ‘traveling circus’ feel where the entire show is packed away and rolled to the next destination.

Also, even though you do as much prep as possible, there is the thrill of the unknown, of what you can achieve with one more show or one more race.

I have also described my wardrobe ‘quick-changes’ on a concert as being like pit-stops.

I’m happy if I can find a way to cut them down by a few seconds … if I ever get a stop-watch and break it down to milli-seconds, then I’ll feel VERY F1!!

Favourite Driver?
Daniel Ricciardo

Favourite F1 Track?
Melbourne

What are your favourite memories from following Formula 1?
Being as close to the pit stop as a guest can be! Also, being on the grid just before race time.

I love the energy and the focus that have to merge perfectly for the driver and their teams.

Tell us about your latest album Disco?
My album is about the dance floor and the many emotions we have or we associate with it.

It can be pure escapism, joy, lust, tears, that first kiss or that favourite song.

It’s like another world where we can lose ourselves or, discover ourselves.

The first vinyl I ever put on a record player were disco albums and when I started making this album, I appreciated more than ever that this genre has been a constant presence in my life.

Have you ever performed during a Grand Prix weekend?
In 2016 I performed at the Singapore Grand Prix.

There was an incredible atmosphere in the city with the race and my entire team were so excited to be part of it.

The crowd were amazing and it was an unforgettable (and hot!) night!

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