Hamilton, who secured his fifth world title last month, wants a shorter season rather than the proposed extension.
This season has 21 races, as does 2019, but Formula One has also been talking to Miami for a U.S. street race and
Zandvoort in the Netherlands about a return to the coastal circuit last visited in 1985.
“It already feels like we are on race 25 this year, so I don’t think that’s a good thing personally,” said Hamilton.
“I’m someone who really loves racing but the season is long. It’s a lot of commitment for all of us and a lot of time
away from families and the seasons are getting longer and the off time is getting shorter.
“The turnaround is so short, you start preparing for your next season often as soon as the season is done.
“It’s most likely I’m not going to be here when it gets to 25 that’s for sure.”
Next season will end in December, the latest finish since 1963, but Germany, Britain, Italy and Spain do not as yet have contracts beyond then?
Hamilton leads a busy lifestyle but prides himself in having the
right balance between his racing and other interests,
particularly in fashion and music.
He said, however, that it was still tough to find time to switch off and recover.
Hamilton has no plans to gift any wins to Mercedes team mate
Valtteri Bottas despite having a fifth Formula One championship sewn up.
The Briton has won nine of the 19 races so far this season while Bottas, who has dutifully obeyed team orders to help
Hamilton and endured agonising bad luck while leading, has yet to triumph.
Asked at the Brazilian Grand Prix whether he would let the Finn win were he in a position to do so, Hamilton told
reporters that would be a decision for Mercedes to make.
“I don’t think he is going to want that, he is going to win one on his own, in his own way,” added the 33-year-old,
who clinched the drivers’ title with two races to spare in Mexico last month.
Bottas has won three races since he joined Mercedes last year as a replacement for retired 2016 world champion Nico Rosberg.
He started on pole position in Brazil and Abu Dhabi, the last two races of the season, last year and won the latter
with Hamilton second.
Hamilton hailed Bottas’s contribution after winning the championship in Mexico, and has emphasized how well they
get on as team mates.
Culled from: Express
By: Bruce Archer