Lewis Hamilton: “I really hope Vettel inspires the next generation”

Source: Mercedes F1 Twitter

After Sebastian Vettel announced his retirement, Lewis Hamilton says he hopes “we see more people like him, but I can’t guarantee that, because I think he’s rare”.

Sebastian Vettel has announced he will retire from Formula 1 at the end of 2022. Upon learning this, Lewis Hamilton has praised the German driver for his activism and efforts to make F1 a better place for future generations.

“Ultimately I think that in general we often stand on the shoulders of greats from the past, whether it’s in this sport or other sports,” the Briton said.

“I really hope he inspires the next generation. Whether it’s this one or the younger generation that will be coming through, to be more confident in utilising their platform, realising it’s not just about them and their car.

“It’s about something far, far bigger than being here. I really hope we see more people like him. But, I can’t guarantee that, because I think he’s rare.”

With the old guard of drivers all nearing their retirement, Lewis dismisses suggestions that Formula 1 will be worse off after they are gone.

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“We’re hoping that our work leads it to a better place,” he explained.

“That’s the work that I’ve tried to do, what Seb’s been trying to do here, really igniting the fire of sparking conversations, to leave the place a better sport than it was when we found it.

“I think Seb has definitely had a huge role to play in that and there’s still a lot of work to do.

“I don’t know if Seb is going to do more work, continue on the work in the background with the sport or not. I doubt he’ll come back and do commentary, but you can never say never!

“But, yeah, I do hope it’s in a better place. It would’ve been an awful waste of time if not,” Hamilton concluded.

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