Hamilton ‘absolutely the same’ person he was 20 years ago

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Hamilton ‘absolutely the same’ person he was 20 years ago

Regardless of his mountain of F1 data, Lewis Hamilton is “completely” the identical particular person he was when he began within the sport.

That’s based on former Williams check driver Susie Wolff.

Lining up on the Formulation 1 grid for the primary time in 2007, little did these within the paddock know that Hamilton would go onto rewrite Formulation 1’s document books.

With seven Drivers’ Championship titles, 103 race wins and 103 pole positions, he’s probably the most profitable to have ever competed within the sport, and it’s success that has introduced him thousands and thousands.

However regardless of the celebrity and fortune which have come his method, Wolff, who raced in opposition to Hamilton of their karting days, says it has not modified the 37-year-old.

“He completely is,” Wolff instructed the Past the Grid podcast, “and I’ve no reservations in saying that.

“Simply two days in the past, we have been reminiscing about one thing that had occurred within the karting days that we had remembered, and if I haven’t seen him for some time, the very first thing he does is ask me how my mother and father, John and Sally, are and we reminisce lots.

“I watched among the races along with Anthony, his dad, and he’s completely the identical.

“I simply have a lot admiration and respect for Lewis, what he’s achieved, how he manages his life to be the very best racing driver that he may be.

“For me what’s unimaginable to observe is simply how deep he can dig in moments of strain,” Wolff stated.

“I didn’t have that, to that extent, as a racing driver, however he has an unimaginable skill within the automobile, and out of the automobile.”

Hamilton’s Formulation 1 profession has seen many highs and lows.

He’s had probably the most dominant automobile on the grid, successful 11 races per season from 2018 to 2020, whereas in 2007 he misplaced the World title by a single level whereas final season he was denied an eighth World title in doubtful circumstances.

“I’m impressed by Lewis as a racing driver, but additionally as a human being. Clearly, I see that among the damaging feedback round what he does, and the way vocal he’s in several areas, however what it takes guts to be completely different.

“I do know that to a lesser extent, as a result of I used to be completely different all the time within the paddock, and it’s simple to be the identical as everybody else, it’s simple simply to rock up, race, go away and never fear.

“However he has the heart to be completely different, to face up and to make use of his platform for different causes, and I believe that’s additionally obtained to be recommended as a result of the simpler route is to do nothing.

“I believe the place he’s at now, and the dedication he has, and his skill off observe to do what he does and to maneuver on – it takes a number of power to maneuver on, however he has moved on.”

 

Hamilton has but to get off the mark this season, the Briton fifth within the Drivers’ Championship in what’s proving to be a tough begin to Formulation 1’s new period for Mercedes.

The Brackley squad’s W13 suffered badly with porpoising, forcing the workforce to lift the ride-height costing them downforce and tempo.

 

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