Lewis Hamilton doesn’t believe he owes Formula 1 anything, adding that he has probably done more to promote the sport than any other driver.
Bernie Ecclestone recently claimed that Hamilton is “the best champion we have had in a long, long time” because of the way he promotes himself and therefore promotes F1.
The Briton has never shied away from the spotlight, often seen partying with A-list celebrities, sharing his life on social media and has even had minor roles in Hollywood films including Zoolander 2 and Pixar’s Cars.
Despite everything the sport has given Hamilton, he insists he owes it nothing.
“I’ve been here for 10 years – given my blood, sweat and tears for the sport. So, I don’t feel like I owe it anything,” he told CNN.
“I actually probably promote the sport more than any other driver ever has. I’m at more events talking about Formula 1 more than any driver ever has – probably all the other drivers put together and more.
“I don’t feel like I have any more of a responsibility. I’ve got some incredible fans and I give as much time as I can to motivate them and energise those who do follow me. So I don’t know what else I have to give.”
Meanwhile the Mercedes driver, who has fallen 36 points adrift of team-mate Nico Rosberg in the championship standings, has warned the German to enjoy his run of victories while it lasts.
“He’s done a great job. I’ve not been there to really be in the fight with him,” he added. “He’s had pretty much a breeze for the last three races. Good for him.
“But he should enjoy it whilst it lasts, because you never know how long it’s going to last…”