37-Year-Old Lewis Hamilton Keeps An Eye Out For the “Younger Guys” As Leclerc, Norris Take on F1 World

Published 09/25/2022, 11:35 AM EDT
Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes before the Formula 1 Grand Prix of The Netherlands at Zandvoort circuit in Zandvoort, Netherlands on September 4, 2022. (Photo by Jakub Porzycki/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

At the age of 37, Lewis Hamilton is the second oldest driver in F1 at the moment. Hamilton’s name is a behemoth in the motorsports universe, but it was not always so. There was a time when, like everyone else, Lewis Hamilton was a young rookie, filled with the fire to make a name for himself.

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Hamilton might have made a name now, but he hasn’t forgotten what it feels like to be new to the game.

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What does Lewis Hamilton think of the younger and hungrier generation of F1 drivers?

In a recent interview with Racer, the Mercedes driver opened up on his views about the newer generation of F1 drivers.

“With the younger guys, there’s so much talent here and there’s more coming through. I remember when I came in and thinking I could beat everybody… I know what it’s like, because I’ve been there.”

Formula One F1 – Bahrain Grand Prix – Bahrain International Circuit, Sakhir, Bahrain – March 20, 2022 Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc celebrates on the podium after winning the race with third place Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Thaier Al-Sudani

Adding more to his statement, Hamilton went on to speak about how he was navigating being the veteran on the paddock.

“I’m really just trying to work on those relationships bit by bit and be supportive of them because, as I said, I’ve been there. I know how tough it is at some of these teams. When you’re in your early 20s, you don’t know what you can and can’t say or how best to navigate (things). All you have is just raw strength, talent and ability.”

The Mercedes driver also went on to point out Lando Norris and Charles Leclerc as promising newcomers.

“And I’m super-excited to start to see Lando (Norris) and Charles (Leclerc), these guys really excel and move forward. There’s some really good guys here.”

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Hamilton and Leclerc being comedians on the internet

There are dozens of compilation videos of Charles Leclerc being funny with his fellow drivers. Now, it seems like there will be one of him with Lewis Hamilton.

The two have quite a charming bond over social media. Recently, Leclerc posted a picture of himself in a cryo-chamber on Instagram.

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Leclerc was undergoing cryotherapy, a medical practice useful for muscular injuries, as well as post-workout therapy.

The Ferrari driver had creatively captioned the picture with, “It’s cold.”

In response, Hamilton commented, “How cold?

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As cold as the hard tyres in Barcelona winter testing,” answered the 24-year-old driver cheekily.

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Subarna Banerjee

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Subarna Banerjee is a Formula 1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed her postgraduate in literature, she boasts a vast experience in the field of professional content writing. Harboring a soft corner for Charles Leclerc and Ferrari, she takes an avid Ravenclaw-like interest in the motorsports universe.

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