A few days ago, Sir Jackie Stewart made an interesting statement regarding Lewis Hamilton and his future. Stewart was not optimistic about Lewis' future, considering that he believes that the Briton no longer has the 'hunger' he once had.
In addition, Stewart also spoke about the fact that Hamilton had no competition during his dominance in F1. "First of all, Lewis is one of the best to ever drive in F1. But the truth is that in the last decade he competed with Mercedes for a team that was virtually out of competition.
During this time, Lewis only had one real competitor: his respective teammate. Except for 2016, he always emerged victorious from the duel. And then he lost to Nico Rosberg. With respect: a good driver, but not the most talented in the world.
But Rosberg was hungry and had the absolute will to become world champion. Lewis no longer has that hunger. Because of that – and because the car is no longer quite as powerful – he has serious problems”.
Lewis Hamilton reacts
It didn't take long for Lewis Hamilton to react.
This great F1 driver believes that such statements are not necessary, given that Stewart "does not know what is happening in the background". Hamilton's main goal is not to be like Stewart. His wish is to be someone who will encourage future F1 drivers to be the best versions of themselves and to never give up.
“There are people who are very short-minded that make the comments that they do, not knowing the work that has been done in the background,” Hamilton said, as quoted by crash.net! “One thing I hope, and I never want to do is, in the future, when I one day stop and looking back on the youth or the next driver generation, I want to be encouraging them and let them know it’s okay to make mistakes.
It’s about being inspiring rather than shutting them down. That’s the kind of figure that I want to be”.