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Hamilton fears retiring with solitary title

Lewis Hamilton has admitted time is running out in his bid to add to his solitary world title in 2008
Lewis Hamilton believes his time is running out, as he seeks to add to his only drivers' championship from 2008.

Hamilton decided to swap McLaren for Mercedes-Benz in 2013, with a long-term view of challenging for the championship. His motivation for a move to Mercedes was thought to be based on the introduction of the new 1.6 litre V6 engines for 2014, along with his crumbling relationship with the McLaren hierarchy.

The 28-year-old has now spoken of his disappointment at holding just one title and wants to be remembered as a great: “Time is slipping away,” Lewis told The Sunday Times' Driving Magazine.

"It's been five years since I won the World Championship. When I was in the lower categories I would win a championship every year or every other year.

"There are a lot of drivers that haven't won a World Championship, so I feel at least grateful that I have one, although one is less prestigious now because so many people have won a championship. Now the people who have two or three or four: [that's what] makes you special.

"I'm getting older and I don't have forever in this sport. So I definitely start to think what I want people to remember me as: I just want to be known as a hard, out and out racer."

Hamilton also says that he feels he has not had the car to challenge for a title since his dramatic, last-gasp success in 2008: "I got to F1 and nearly won in my first year, then won I won in my second year," Hamilton added.

"I've never had a car to really compete since then. The car makes such a big difference so you're just wasting away your best years."

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June 19, 2013 10:52 PM

So poor Lulu hasn't had good enough cars? There have been over 800 F1 drivers, can anyone think of a driver other than Lulu who had a race winning car for the first 7 years on their F1 career? No neither can I. I also cant think of any other driver who pretended to be a model and a rapper, or was obsessed by expanding their American brand, or had to walk DOGs in the paddock. Oh dear Lulu, given everything on a plate, other than a functioning brain.

bob jane

June 20, 2013 12:32 AM

Lewis does himself no favours with his lack of humbleness, Either that, or he really believes he is a F1 legend without the results. Rooking in the fastest car on the grid? winning his WC because of interteam skulduggery?,,,,.and he has the nerve to sook about poor luck in F!. Lewis needs to sack his media adviser for a start, and then to shut up and never sook again, THEN count his blessings as the chosen one, and stop acting like a spoilt egotistical little brat with vettel envy. OMG at the great drivers who have gridded up in crap cars in the past 5 years, who would of killed for Lewis's "Breaks" and cars. I rate him and Jenson as the luckiest drivers on the grid,, to have debuted in the fastest cars best teams....at least Button knows he isn't a unlucky legend... .,,,IMO if Lewis wasn't British .and without the weight of Ron, and wasn't hyped up as the first of his kind,, he would of started through the back of the grid like everyone else.,,,and he would of been a "KOBI" style

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