“I Want to Carry on the Hamilton Name” – Lewis Open to Idea of Having Kids After F1

Published 07/10/2021, 10:50 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit, Portimao, Portugal – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates with his father Anthony after winning the race Pool via REUTERS/Jorge Guerrero


Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has had one of the most successful careers in Formula 1 history. He has broken many records and has made his name synonymous with the sport. After a tough childhood and a strenuous path to the top, Hamilton’s maxim, “Still I rise” holds testament to his life.

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In all his victories and the endless possibilities of his future, Hamilton claims to have one dream. “To be a father like my dad one day, but better… I want to carry on the Hamilton name and make him proud.”

ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 15: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Lewis sat down with the Guardian and discussed the trajectory of his career. Having only one more meaningful record left to break, his sights are set on the eighth championship title.

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Discussing his dreams of the past, he said, “My dream when I was younger was to get to Formula One. Then I thought I would love to emulate Ayrton [Senna]. And then I reached three world championships [Senna’s record before he died]. And then I’m like, shoot, now what.”

After surpassing his hero and matching the legendary Schumacher, Hamilton’s dreams are now much simpler.

The legend of Sir Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton made his entry into the sport with a bang. In his rookie season in 2007, Hamilton proved his determination as a driver. He started P4 on his first race, and on the first turn, he was in third place. Overtaking his teammate, the reigning world champion, set the tone for his dominance for the rest of his career.

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A true showcase of his talent and determination was the 2018 German GP. The Brit had problems with the car during qualifying and was starting 14th on the grid.

At lights out, he drove like a madman, piling on overtakes one after the other. Sebastian Vettel lead the race and as the rain fell, Hamilton only pushed harder. The German was eventually out of the race, and even then, with a confusing radio and a competitive teammate, Hamilton was declared the victor.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Winner Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium REUTERS/Albert Gea TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

Having now won seven world championships, 98 wins, and 171 podiums, Hamilton has made himself a valid contender as the G.O.A.T. Having silenced critics and naysayers all his life, no one can hold a question against the drover today. He has truly set the bar for the next generation of drivers on the grid.

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From rookie to champion, Hamilton has earned the respect of everyone he has competed with. No matter the track, no matter the situation, Hamilton has his eyes set on the goal and once the lights go out, there is no stopping him.

“As the years pass, you realize that success is a wonderful thing. But it feels relatively short-lived. And I don’t just want to be remembered as a driver, because I care about so many more different things.”

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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