Lewis Hamilton wants to reduce the amount of travelling he does between races when he signs a new contract to drive for Mercedes next year.

With a record-breaking 23 rounds planned on the 2021 F1 calendar, Hamilton said maximising the amount of time he has to himself will be “part of the conversation” around his deal to remain at the team next year.

“This year’s shown that, for example, you can work from home,” he told the BBC. “So I’m sure there’ll be a lot of Zoom dates in the contract rather than actual present days which means I have to fly less.”

Hamilton was once renowned for criss-crossing the world frequently between races. He previously owned a private jet and made dozens of transatlantic trips in it every year. He later sold the plane and scaled back his travelling, which was further curtailed when the pandemic struck.

After winning a record-equalling seventh world championship on Sunday, Hamilton said he is eager to celebrate it with his family, most of which he has been unable to see this year due to the pandemic.

“Time with friends and family are the most important,” he said. “If we get to start travelling more [I want to] take my family somewhere and create memories with them and celebrate with them just being around. This year I’ve not been able to see them and that’s just been the hardest.”

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Hamilton is also pouring more of his efforts into promoting diversity in motor sport through The Hamilton Commission, which he announced in June.

“I want to find out what the real problem is first so we can fix it efficiently,” he explained. “I’m working with the Royal Academy of Engineering in London, we’ve got this incredible commission. Some great people, they’re all academics, some people working on the ground in black communities, some in politics.

“This research that we’re doing is trying to understand why there is a lack of young black kids applying to STEM [science, technology, engineering and mathematics] subjects. What are the barriers?”

While Hamilton has often commented on the lack of diversity within F1 teams, including his own, he said it is important teams practice “nonbiased hiring”.

“You want people to earn the position,” he said. “No one wants to be handed, we don’t want to create a position of forcing these teams to just hire people, minorities, for the sake of filling a space.

“We want to create an opportunity for those individuals actually who are educated and have earned the right [to be there].”

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