Lewis Hamilton is currently 38 years old. Most drivers would be thinking about retirement at this age. But not him. The Briton has set his target to win another championship to break the record set by Michael Schumacher with 7 titles.
Ever since Lewis Hamilton lost the 2021 World Championship to Max Verstappen, he has been itching for redemption. Hamilton recently opened up about his ambitions to win an 8th title. However, he has not been able to do so due to the car’s performance issues.
With Lewis Hamilton’s contract ending after the 2023 season, he has already begun talks with Toto Wolff to extend his stay at Mercedes. Hamilton has been with the German manufacturer for over 10 years now. He has won 6 WDCs and 8 WCCs for the team. No other driver has won 6 WDCs with a single team. Even Michael Schumacher won only 5 Championships with Ferrari.
Despite the team’s previous success, they seem to be struggling at the moment. They were hoping to challenge Red Bull at the beginning of this year but were unable to do so. However, they seem to be developing the car at a good pace. They are now consistently finishing at podium positions over the past few races.
— Fastest Pitstop (@FastestPitStop) July 18, 2023
In a recent interview, Lewis Hamilton said “I want to win my eighth title. I have my sights set on my next World Championship, I am completely focused on that and I don’t want distractions,”.
Hamilton has made his goal very clear. He wants to win that 8th Championship he missed out on in 2021. He is hoping that Mercedes will be able to help him do so. To win the Championship, Lewis claims he does not want any distractions. But what distractions is he talking about?
What distractions is Lewis Hamilton talking about?
Over the last few months, Lewis Hamilton has been rumored to be in a relationship with international superstar, Shakira. The ‘Waka Waka’ singer is in fact more famous and richer than Hamilton. A high-profile relationship such as this could be a distraction from Hamilton’s goal to win his 8th Championship.
This is not the first time Hamilton has prioritized his career over his relationship. It is speculated that the reason he broke up with Nicole Scherzinger was so he could focus on his performance. Apparently, they wanted to get married, and Scherzinger wanted to tie the knot sooner rather than later. But the Briton wanted to focus on winning more Championships and the couple eventually broke up.
I honestly still think Lewis Hamilton’s true love was Nicole Scherzinger but they just met at the wrong time 🤧❤️🩹 pic.twitter.com/I5whp38EId
— Rebecca 🤎 (@rebecca_sussex) December 15, 2021
Since the breakup with Scherzinger, Hamilton has never had a serious relationship. It is possible that he is avoiding such distractions to focus on accomplishing his goal.
While there were a number of rumors between Hamilton and Shakira, it was never confirmed by either party. The Columbian singer was then rumored to be in a relationship with Miami Heat star, Jimmy Butler. These rumors have died down as well. It is possible that Hamilton had a fling with Shakira, and they went their separate way before things got serious. They both have bigger things brewing in their careers.
They are just friends. https://t.co/aSDRRnjAiC
— TIMOR (@HeyTimor) July 12, 2023
Let us now see if Lewis Hamilton can avoid distractions and win his 8th championship anytime soon. His potential new contract with Mercedes is rumored to be for 5 years, It will be interesting got see how Mercedes develops their car to help Lewis win the championship.