Hamilton offers thanks to Dennis
Lewis Hamilton revealed he received 400 messages of congratulations following his latest Formula One world championship triumph - and then paid tribute to mentor Ron Dennis.
Hamilton, 34, has won five of his six titles with Mercedes, but he was afforded his big break in the sport by Dennis.
The former McLaren chief signed the Briton, then only 13, three years after Hamilton, wearing a borrowed dinner jacket at an awards ceremony, asked if he could drive for him.
"Seeing Ron's text really touched me inside," said Hamilton.
"I met him when I was 10 and he saw something in me that no one else did, except for my dad.
"He gave me an opportunity to showcase my abilities and to learn and to grow. Without him I wouldn't have made it to Formula One.
"I would have fallen away due to a lack of finances, and I would have been leapfrogged by a bunch of individuals who had more money, so I am forever grateful."