After equalling Formula 1’s all-time most career wins record, Lewis Hamilton turned his attention to ‘older drivers’ who keep ‘knocking him’.
Recently Sir Jackie Stewart talked about Lewis Hamilton’s place in the history of Formula 1 and didn’t put him on his top three all-time list. In particular Stewart said that Hamilton’s car and engine are now “so superior that it’s almost unfair on the rest of the field”.
After equalling Michael Schumacher’s 91 career wins record at the Eifel Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton had a message to those who keep ‘knocking him’.
“I get knocked by many people, particularly like older drivers, they still have a bee in their bonnet,” the six-time champion said.
“I don’t know why but maybe one day they’ll get over it. I have so much respect for the past and the past legends even though they do continue to talk negatively about me all the time.
“But I still hold them in high regard because I know it’s so difficult, a different time in history. It was incredibly tough for them and they remain the legends they were then.”
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The Briton says he will not go down the same path when he gets older.
“In 20 years’ time, whatever it is, when I’m looking back, I can promise you this: I will not be talking down any young driver that’s coming through and succeeding.
“Because our responsibility, as an older driver, is to shine the light as bright as possible and encourage those that…
“There’s going to be someone else, whether it’s Max [Verstappen], or whoever it may be, that is going to be chasing the record that I eventually set.
“It’s the wrong kind of character and approach to be hoping he doesn’t break it. You should be encouraging them, hoping they live to their full potential.
“And if that means them getting to your record, that’s amazing,” concluded Hamilton.