Damon Hill, the 1996 world champion and Sky Sports F1 pundit, had described Hamilton as “one of the most talented people to ever walk the earth” after his fellow Briton hit an incredible milestone of 100 pole positions on Saturday and a day later Hamilton was, predictably, in sublime form again.
Right after Lewis Hamilton won an epic cat-and-mouse battle against Verstappen in the race, brilliantly chasing the Red Bull driver down to claim F1 win number 98, and open up a 14-point lead in his pursuit of an historic eighth title.
Afterwards, Hamilton was asked about Hill’s Twitter post and admitted it was “definitely humbling” having admired his compatriot through his racing career.
“I saw that yesterday and I felt so much gratitude to Damon,” said Hamilton. “Because I remember growing up watching Damon and having, as I do now, so much respect for him. I remember rooting for him as a Brit, wanting him to succeed even when he didn’t have a great car or a good team.
“So it’s definitely humbling when you see people you’ve admired, you’ve watched and grown up taking inspiration from – having them say respectful things and positive things like that. That’s an amazing moment when that happens.”
Meanwhile, Lewis Hamilton, amid a renewed battle from Red Bull and their star driver Verstappen, has been at his very best in 2021 so far and claimed his third win in four races on Sunday. He knows he needs to keep that form going.
“This is a period of time where I have to be at the best, weekend in weekend out,” the 36-year-old added. “Max is driving exceptionally well, as is Valtteri (Bottas). It’s so close between all of us. It’s going to take perfect delivery each weekend. I don’t think anyone can do that, but I’ll try to get as close as possible.”