Susie Wolff talks about her relationship with Lewis Hamilton and says the Briton has “an incredible ability in the car, and out of the car”.
During her appearance on the Beyond the Grid podcast, Venturi Formula E team principal (and wife of Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff) Susie Wolff, says Lewis Hamilton is the same person he was 20 years ago, when they were both racing in karting.
“He absolutely is,” Susie said.
“I have no reservations in saying that. Just two days ago, we were reminiscing about something that had happened in the karting days that we had remembered.
“And if I haven’t seen him for a while, the first thing he does is ask me how my parents, John and Sally, are – and we reminisce a lot.
“I watched some of the races together with Anthony, his dad, and he’s absolutely the same.
“I just have so much admiration and respect for Lewis, what he’s achieved, how he manages his life to be the best possible racing driver that he can be.”
She goes on to say how much she admires Lewis for speaking out and fighting for issues that he finds important.
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“For me, what is incredible to watch is just how deep he can dig in moments of pressure. I didn’t have that, to that extent, as a racing driver.
“But he has an incredible ability in the car, and out of the car. I’m inspired by Lewis as a racing driver, but also as a human being.
“Obviously, I see that some of the negative comments around what he does, and how vocal he is in different areas, but you know what? It takes guts to be different.
“I know that to a lesser extent, because I was different in the paddock, and it’s easy to be the same as everyone else. It’s easy just to rock up, race, leave and not worry.
“But he has the guts to be different, to stand up and to use his platform for other causes, and I think that’s got to be commended. Because the easier route is to do nothing.
“I think where he’s at now, and the determination he has, and his ability off track to do what he does and to move on – it takes a lot of strength,” Wolff concluded.