Formula One: I won’t change my style, says Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton has issued a robust defence of his driving style and compared himself to Formula One's greats of years gone by ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.
The McLaren driver's aggressive manoeuvres have been a source of regular controversy this season, with crashes and collisions bringing him into repeated contact with stewards.
Asked about a recent comment by the retired German driver Hans Stuck, whose best ever finish was third place, suggesting Hamilton should undergo therapy, the Briton replied: “For me? How did he do in Formula One?”
“Not so well,” came the answer. “Exactly. Exactly. That says it all,” said Hamilton.
“I think being slightly more risky in some ways is what separates the faster drivers from maybe the not-so-faster drivers. You see generally older drivers sometimes that have families and things that kind of lose a little bit.
“David Coulthard said to me that when he had a child, ‘I didn't want to risk much more because I wanted to make sure that I was there the next day to see my kid’.
“I'm still young and I'm not in that position yet and I can't say if when I have family whether that will happen. It's a long way away.”