Lewis Hamilton claims he would be more than happy to spend the rest of his time racing with McLaren just eight races in to what has already been an extraordinary start to his Formula 1 career.

Heading to the British Grand Prix where the championship leader is the big centre of attention, Hamilton even told the assembled press that he would have driven for free if it had been offered to him.

Still, loyalty is something he is very keen uphold and has duly hinted that he would like to stay with McLaren for as long as he is in Formula 1. He is in the right environment for that too given that the likes of Mika Hakkinen and David Coulthard spent nine and eight years at McLaren respectively.

"There's a lot of emotion there," he told Reuters. "A lot of it is just because I've grown up with them, you go to the factory and everything's perfect -- the way things are run, the people there, the mechanics, just everyone. I love everything about the team and I enjoy working with them.

"I couldn't imagine working anywhere else to be honest. I'm not saying I'm going to be here forever, I don't know how long I will be in Formula One, I haven't decided how long I want to stay in Formula One. I might want to do something else."

"But if that is a short time or a long time, I feel happy to see out my career with McLaren because I'm very passionate about the team."

As it happens, while Hamilton is reportedly paid less than reigning champion and team-mate Fernando Alonso, he now stands to make millions from his overwhelming success. Even so, the allure of racing for McLaren was enough for him personally, whether he was paid or not.

"I'm not here for the money. It's never been something that's driven me to get to Formula One," he added. "If Ron came up to me and said, 'I'll give you the drive but you're not going to get paid', any driver would have jumped at it.

"You want to be respected, and at some point you want to be paid your value, but that's not something that drives me."

 

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