Lewis Hamilton says he is looking at the bigger picture outside of Mercedes’ Formula 1 team amid the ongoing situation regarding his future.
Hamilton has raced in Formula 1 since 2007, joining Mercedes in 2013, and penned his most recent two-year deal in mid-2018, covering the 2019/20 seasons.
Hamilton has yet to put pen to paper on a new deal with Mercedes and hinted after winning the most recent event at Imola that him staying on was not guaranteed.
Speaking ahead of this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix, Hamilton said that “believe it or not I haven’t got all the answers to what I want to do yet.
“The foundation of the contract that I have… I believe I have the best contract that there is in terms of how it’s structured, in terms of time management, the team that’s put around me – it has been great.
“I’m always looking to see how we can improve. How can I be more efficient and do more for the partners? How can I position myself to do more for the team?
“Naturally in this step I think it’s easy to just go and sign a deal and continue, not having thought of what’s afterwards.”
Hamilton stressed that he is keen to explore areas in which he can assist Mercedes beyond on-track efforts in Formula 1.
“I’m very conscious of the idea that I do want to continue with Mercedes, I’d love to help them on this quest pushing for change,” said Hamilton.
“They’re obviously taking their cars green and electrifying more – I’d like to help them on that road.
“I’d like to help them in terms of pushing for diversity because within the organisation – as with every organisation out there – there’s not enough of it.
“There’s a lot to discuss and a lot to go through, but I think that’s something we’ll do if not after the job is done then particularly at the end of the year.
“At the moment I don’t feel like I’m finished, I don’t feel like moving forward… There’s always areas to improve. I love racing, I love the challenge and I don’t think that’s going to change anytime soon.”