Lewis Hamilton has delivered what appears to be a sting repost to Sir Jackie Stewart, dismissing the negativity surrounding his success from former drivers.
On Sunday, Hamilton won the Eiffel Grand Prix, the equivalent of Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins. He will match his record tally in seven championships this season and will almost surpass the legendary German to become the most successful driver of Formula One. Yet for some it doesn’t seem as impressive.
Before the race at Nurburring Stuart, who was Britain’s most successful driver until he beat Hamilton with three titles, he said the 35-year-old had a hard time justifying all-time because he enjoyed an “unfair” advantage with his Mercedes car.
“I don’t think you should knock anyone out for the way they work,” Hamilton said after Sunday’s race after introducing his son Mick with Schumacher’s race helmets. “I’ve been hit by a lot of people, especially older drivers. I don’t know why. Maybe one day they’ll get over it. But I have so much respect for past legends, even those who always talk negatively about me. I still hold them in high esteem.” It was a different time in history. It was incredibly tough for them.
“Who is the best of all time, past and present is always discussed in sports but it is impossible to compare. It’s not important to me. ”
In the 14th edition of Hamilton F1. Drivers of new breeds such as Max Verstapen, Lando Norris and George Russell are less than a decade old, and he insists that, contrary to Stuart’s choice, he will do nothing but encourage young competitors after he leaves the game. .
“Looking back in 20 years, I can promise you, I will not talk to any young driver who is coming through and will succeed,” Hamilton said. “Because one of the responsibilities as an older driver is to shine as brightly as possible and encourage them.”
Hamilton further revealed that he once again enjoys a strong relationship with his father Anthony and praised him for his role in helping him achieve such an incredible level of success. Hamilton’s father devoted his career to supporting his son Resi and led him until 2010, when the couple broke up and Hamilton fired him.
Earlier this year, Hamilton admitted that he had missed their father-son bond and was trying to reconnect with Anthony – who apparently called his father and stepmother after Sunday’s race with Hamilton.
“My dad and I weren’t that close,” Hamilton said. “It’s remarkable and made me so happy that we talk a lot, which I never thought we would do.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster and it was very difficult for my dad. At his age I could only try to guess what it was like mentally, what it was like to fight at work, I could just try to understand how hard it was. “We talk a lot about it and we were there through it. He was proud of me.”
Hamilton’s teammate, Voltaire Botas, had to retire at Nurburning due to power unit problems and failure to score points, ending his championship hopes. Hamilton is now at the top with 9 points with Finn with six runs left. If the British driver is 78 points ahead in three races after the Turkish GP, he will claim the seventh championship.
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