After equalling Michael Schumacher’s most career wins record, Lewis Hamilton opened up about the abuse he received when he was younger.
At the Eifel Grand Prix Hamilton equalled Michael Schumacher’s 91 Formula 1 career wins record. After the race the Briton was asked what his old schoolmates, karting rivals and teachers might think of him now, which prompted him to open up about the abuse he received as a child.
“In terms of what everyone I grew up with and people in the past are thinking, I have no idea,” Hamilton said.
“I do remember very, very clearly those who threw abuse at me. Horrible words. I remember teachers who tried to stop me and get in the way.
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“But I don’t feel any negativity towards them. I don’t know if today it bugs them that I am successful, or maybe they’ve grown.
“I’m sure they have because that’s how we are in life. I’m sure they’ve grown from their past experiences and hopefully, they’re better people.
“I hope they’re proud that they knew me, or could say they were part of it if they want to.
“For the drivers that didn’t make it, I hope they are successful in their own way and have great families and hopefully they can live vicariously through me because at the end of the day, we had the same thing in common – we all loved racing and we all shared that passion,” concluded the six-time champion.