After often being the target of negative remarks, Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t want to become “one of those” older drivers who are spreading negativity once they retire.
Throughout the years Lewis Hamilton has been the target of many negative, and sometimes outright hostile, comments from several older retired drivers.
While some like Sir Jackie Stewart at times seemed to have some backhanded remarks aimed at Lewis, others have openly used derogatory terms – like Nelson Piquet.
In an interview with ViaPlay, Lewis said he doesn’t want to become “one of those drivers”.
“I’ll always be tapped into this sport, I’ll always be watching,” the Briton said.
“I’ll always want to be someone that’s being positive to whichever drivers that are here, good or bad, because you know how difficult it is to start, and how it can suck and how days can be good and how people can be negative about you.
“I don’t ever want to be one of those drivers that does that [talk negative about the newer generation of drivers], because we’ve experienced that.”
When asked what he is passionate about doing after he retires, Lewis said:
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“I think I’ve really tried to utilise this time when I’m outside [of Formula 1]. I hold a lot of Zoom calls with people from different genres just to be educated, I ask a lot of questions.
“The last one was with a specialist who started a solar panel company in Silicon Valley, just to see how he went about it, what his goals are, and just realising that there are a lot of amazing people out there who have really great intentions, and are really trying to help improve life for people and help save the planet for the future.
“I’m working on a lot of different projects. I have a really big team now that I’ve been building over the last five years, my own personal life team that’s working with me to really help me bring the ideas and things that I’m passionate about to life. So we have a lot of projects.
“I think a lot of people say they’re entrepreneurs. I think I’m genuinely an entrepreneur, because I have a lot of these business things going.
“I think afterwards, I’ll be able to zone in on one or more of those,” Hamilton concluded.