Anthony Hamilton: “All I ever wanted for Lewis was to have a decent job”

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Lewis Hamilton’s father Anthony was very emotional after his son broke the record for most Formula 1 wins at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

After Lewis Hamilton’s sensational Portuguese Grand Prix win, it was impossible to miss an emotional hug between him and his father Anthony. Hamilton Sr. managed and funded Lewis’ early career and has always been his great supporter. After giving his dad a long hug, an emotional Lewis mentioned him in his track interview.

“My dad’s here, which is amazing and my step mum Linda is here, and Roscoe, it’s a very blessed day,” Lewis said.

After the race Anthony Hamilton gave his first reaction to his son’s achievement.

“It means a lot for people to look at us and think ‘Wow! In 1993, those guys had nothing’,” said Hamilton Sr. to Sky Sports F1.

“With just hard work and dedication, you’ll be surprised what you can achieve.

“It was very emotional when Lewis came over [the finishing line]. It was almost like a culmination of everything from when he first sat down and said ‘I want to go go-karting’.

“I was thinking ‘I can’t afford it Lewis’ but if you’re going to do it, you’ve got to do it seriously. And we’ve been doing it seriously ever since.

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“[It’s] Just the whole mental thought process that goes into racing. When he was eight, he was ‘I’m going to win this. I want to work really hard so I can win this’.

“He’s done the same thing with every race since. It’s phenomenal, just phenomenal.”

In the end, the elder Hamilton said he only wanted his son to have a decent job and be a good person.

“All I ever wanted for Lewis was to have a decent job. Everything else that’s happened has been a bonus.

“We always want our kids to be happy, to enjoy their life, to be a good person. For me, that was the main objective.

“I’m just extremely proud that he has got a great job and [has] become a great human being,“ concluded Anthony Hamilton.

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