"One day I will leave and another driver will come along".
"My engineers say it's going to be a lot harder to overtake this year", Hamilton, the 2008, 2014 and 2015 world champion, said.
"I don't feel Formula One is winning, and it hasn't been for a long time", said Hamilton in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live.
"Hopefully, I'm going to get in the vehicle and not have any problems".
Hamilton expressed specific concerns about the new tires, which he heard "might not be as grippy", as well as the new shape of the vehicle which could create "more downforce" that would affect a trailing auto attempting to overtake another driver.
"Last year, as all the previous years, with all those experiences have just helped strengthen". Then Lewis Hamilton, himself perhaps a touch chunkier than when we last saw him, strolled into view, his phone out to record the moment for his social media devotees.
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He said: "I can understand the feeling of wanting to do something different". I win the championship and I want to fight for it again. "I think you'd get a good balance of opinions from people who have been to a grand prix".
Seemingly in an existential mood, Hamilton admitted to think about what he would do afterwards, but maintained that upon seeing the new auto he was convinced that he was going to stay, affirming that he is still competitive, still hungry, and driving at his best. Yesterday was the first time seeing the vehicle coming together, it's the most detailed piece of machinery I've seen so far in Formula One.
Bottas however, believes he could share a cordial and professional relationship with Hamilton but is aware that circumstances on the track could alter the equation between the two as the season progresses.
Even if the cars do work out for the best, Hamilton is unconvinced it will be an elixir for the sport that used to attract viewers because of its sexy image, dramatic rivalries and unprecedented danger.
"I don't know Valtteri very well and right now there is no competition between us", Hamilton added. "But I'm excited by it and may the best man win".