Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton says he’s “not scared” of being one of the older drivers on the grid, which has been further highlighted by his new team-mate George Russell at Mercedes. Hamilton will be 37-years-old when the 2022 season gets underway and will be alongside a 24-year-old driver at the brink of stardom at Mercedes.
Though departing team-mate Valtteri Bottas was younger than Hamilton, he was still in his 30s, with some suggestion that with new regulations, age could play a factor in how quickly a driver may get up to speed and adapt.
But Hamilton dismissed any suggestion he’s concerned and instead embraced the regulations changes coming in for 2022.
“Honestly, I’m not scared of that. Looking ahead to next year, the performance of the cars is likely to be closer together,” Hamilton told Sky Italia.
“The races will be more intense, so driving skills can carry a lot of weight.
“And that’s why I want to stay in F1, because it will really be an opportunity to show my skills.
“In our sport, it is not that simple, sometimes there is an opportunity to overtake, but not so many, that’s why I am thrilled.
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Russell is one of a number of young and emerging talents on the grid, including 21-year-old Lando Norris who grabbed a maiden pole position with McLaren at the Russian Grand Prix and Carlos Sainz at Ferrari.
But Hamilton won’t let age be a factor.
“Yes, I am much older,” added the champion. “They are not afraid of anything, I am in great shape, I like to watch them drive, I hope that I will still be able to deserve my place here, to be able to respond to them in the most effective way possible.