After Hamilton broke the record for most all-time Formula 1 wins at the Portuguese Grand Prix, his fierce rival Nico Rosberg gave his comments on the achievement.
“I have huge respect for what he’s managed to achieve,” said Rosberg to Reuters.
“One thing is being at the level that he’s at, just a phenomenal driver, but then to stick in there and year-in year-out stay at that high level and be the guy to beat every year and still dominate, that’s just so hard.
“It surely will go down as one of the greatest sporting achievements in general, not only in Formula 1, across all sports. I can just take my hat off to him.”
Rosberg also praised all of the work Hamilton does off the track, such as his fight for equality, animal rights and the environment.
“At the same time I think it’s really cool how Lewis is using his platform and awareness to do good in the world. He’s really looking forward, thinking about the future… I also have huge respect for that.
“Amongst all this craziness of becoming the best of all time in Formula 1, he still has capacity to think of the greater picture and that I respect maybe even more.”
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With both Rosberg and Hamilton entering their teams in the newly created electric off-road series Exteme E, many are eagerly anticipating a renewal of their famous F1 rivalry. The German believes it can only mean good thing for the series that is focusing on highlighting environmental issues and electrification.
“I want to be in sustainable racing. I want to be in motorsport where the platform is being used to drive positive change.
“That is the most important and crucial element for me, that we’re not just entertaining but we’re driving change. We’re using the platform to innovate technology, to raise awareness for example for climate change.
“It’s great to see Lewis following in my footsteps on the path to sustainability, which I have undertaken already since my retirement four years ago.
“That’s the beauty of this. Our competitiveness here and our rivalry is actually the catalyst for positive change in this championship.
“We hope that, as a result of the fascinating racing and challenges and rivalries, we can raise the awareness even more and have even more impact,” concluded Rosberg.