Hamilton concedes to being baffled as to why he draws criticism despite his feats on track.
"I get knocked by many people, particularly like older drivers, they still have a bee in their bonnet," said Hamilton. "I don’t know why but maybe one day they’ll get over it.
"I have so much respect for the past and the past legends even though they do continue to talk negatively about me all the time.
"But I still hold them in high regard because I know it’s so difficult, a different time in history. It was incredibly tough for them and they remain the legends they were then."
Hamilton is convinced he will take a different approach should he find himself in a similar position to Stewart in reflecting on the drivers who will be chasing his own records years down the line.
"In 20 years’ time, whatever it is, when I’m looking back, I can promise you this: I will not be talking down any young driver that’s coming through and succeeding," insisted Hamilton.
"Because our responsibility, as an older driver, is to shine the light as bright as possible and encourage those that...
"There’s going to be someone else, whether it’s Max [Verstappen], or whoever it may be, that is going to be chasing the record that I eventually set. It’s the wrong kind of character and approach to be hoping he doesn’t break it.
"You should be encouraging them, hoping they live to their full potential. And if that means them getting to your record, that’s amazing."
I hope when he retires from F1 he takes that attitude into a roll mentoring young drivers and even other sports people. He is very grounded and very wise well before his time. Pity Stewart isnt but, then he has always had an inflated opinion of himself. However I do agree about Clark as of all the F1 greats he was successful in other cars as well.
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