Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that he never had any plans to stop short his F1 career early despite the “difficult” aftermath of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Hamilton said: “I never said I’d stop, I love doing what I do, it’s a privilege. You feel like a family.
“There’s no feeling like it. It was a difficult time for me, I needed to take a step back, focusing on the present, with my family and creating great moments.
“I decided then I’d attack again, working with Toto and George. It’s exciting, I can feel the energy.
“It doesn’t change me, it’s a positive, new blood, new energy. George had an amazing career so far.
“It’s exciting to see him grow. I’ve had him sitting behind me on the desk.”
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