Lewis Hamilton found himself humorously labeled as “greedy” by his fellow Formula 1 stars, George Russell, Lando Norris, and Alex Albon. The trio gathered to discuss the insatiable hunger of Hamilton and his rival, Max Verstappen, both of whom aspire to add more World Championships to their illustrious collections.
At 38 years of age, Lewis Hamilton is acutely aware that time is not on his side in his quest for an eighth World Championship, which would not only solidify his status as one of the sport’s greatest but also surpass Michael Schumacher’s record. The events of the 2021 season finale in Abu Dhabi serve as a poignant reminder of the championship that slipped through his fingers.
However, despite the ticking clock, Hamilton’s commitment remains unwavering. He recently inked a new two-year contract extension with Mercedes, a clear testament to his belief in the team’s ability to challenge Red Bull and provide him with a race-winning machine once more.
As the trio of Russell, Norris, and Albon gathered, the conversation naturally gravitated toward the relentless pursuit of World Championships. Russell initiated the discourse by remarking, “As much as you’re enjoying points week in, week out, you probably weren’t satisfied either.” Norris chimed in, noting, “I guess you’re never satisfied, are you?” Russell playfully added, “Unless you’re winning championships, and then like Max, he’s probably not satisfied with…”
Before Russell could complete his thought, Norris interrupted with a smirk, stating, “I think he’s very satisfied.” Albon joined in on the banter, jokingly saying, “I think his bank account is satisfied as well,” prompting Russell to backtrack.
Russell clarified, “I think he’s satisfied, but you know what I mean? It’s like there’s always… Alright, Lewis (Hamilton) as an example, he wants more than seven championships.” This remark elicited wry smiles from all three drivers, with Norris humorously quipping, “Yeah, that’s just greedy,” a sentiment readily agreed upon by Russell and Albon.
While Lewis Hamilton’s pursuit of an eighth championship will require Mercedes to orchestrate a remarkable winter development, Max Verstappen is on the cusp of adding another title to his impressive tally. The Dutch sensation, who recently celebrated his 26th birthday, needs just three points across both the sprint race and the Grand Prix at the Lusail circuit in Qatar to secure his third successive World Championship, accomplishing this feat with five rounds of the season to spare.
In Formula 1, ambition and the desire for greatness know no bounds, and Lewis Hamilton’s pursuit of an eighth World Championship continues to inspire both admiration and playful jests from his fellow racers.