Sports Personality of the Year: Lewis Hamilton receives award
Former F1 World Champion Damon Hill believes “you have to have a lot of self-confidence” to “survive” in the sport, citing Fernando Alonso and Daniel Ricciardo as perfect examples of this. However, he claimed that seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton “can seem a little vulnerable, if you say something wrong” but believes his talent ‘compensates’ for that.
Speaking on the In The Pink podcast, Hill explained the importance of self-confidence in F1, saying: “This gives them a kind of self-confidence that allows them to cope with anything as they go out into the wide world.
“That is very important. I do not believe in unconditional approval, because then you get from those egotists.
“But you need that to survive in Formula One. You have to have a lot of self-confidence.
“Someone like Fernando Alonso does not have any glimmer of weakness.
JUST IN: Lewis Hamilton: Charles Leclerc labels Max Verstappen wrong on F1 star
“He’s just unbelievable. And someone like Daniel Ricciardo feels very comfortable with himself.
“And then there are other drivers who seem a little vulnerable, if you say something wrong, for example.
“You could put Lewis in that category, but he’s so incredibly talented that he can compensate for all that.”
Hill recently praised Hamilton after the 35-year-old was awarded a knighthood in the New Year Honours list.
Lewis Hamilton contract: F1 wages as world champion has deal blocked
Lewis Hamilton sends Michael Schumacher message on birthday
George Russell opens up on what ‘hurt’ him during spell in Mercedes
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Hill said: “It’s fantastic the way he calls out to all the young kids.
“He’s going to ignite a whole army of Hamilton wannabe-emulaters.
“He deserves his knighthood. He always has been an exceptional talent but it’s incredible what he’s achieved this year.
“It’s not been a good year for most of us on the planet but it’s been a pretty good year for Lewis.”
Fellow ex-driver Martin Brundle told Sky Sports News: “Congratulations to him, and very well deserved.
“He tops the tables in Formula 1 for most victories at 95, most pole positions at 98, most podiums at 165.
“He’s 36 years old on January 7. Most of the young guns aiming to knock him off the pedestal are 10-15 years younger than him and he still turns up with his A game; full of energy, pushing like crazy.”
Source: Read Full Article