Can Hamilton dominate F1 for the next decade?
Lewis Hamilton has dominated the past two Formula 1 seasons, winning the 2015 edition with consummate ease and now his father Anthony believes that there is still more to come from his son… for several more years.
Speaking to Sky Sports Hamilton senior, who famously juggled three jobs at a time to fund Lewis’ karting career, predicted, “Lewis is only going to get better, he is only going to get stronger.”
“He has another seven to ten years left in the sport and he is extremely competitive. He is still young so he has quite a few left in him,” he explained.
The triple world champion grabs as many headlines for his off-track exploits as he does for his on-track achievements, but Anthony is adamant that his son’s eyes are firmly on the ball and does not expect him to get bored and depart the sport to pursue his interest in music for instance.
“You can never say never, but I don’t believe so. Lewis is a competitive soul, he loves motor racing and he loves to win,” said Anthony.
“As long as he has got that spirit he is going to remain in F1. I think he has another seven years minimum left in the business. That is bad news for everyone else.”
As for the dominance, Hamilton senior admitted that junior would prefer to be challenged more vigourously, “If they were all in the same level car it would be fantastic. What Lewis doesn’t want to do is run away with it and just win races because the others cars aren’t up to scratch or the other teams are struggling.”
“He wants everyone to be at the same level and he wants to win on merit. He’s winning on merit because he’s in the best team and is doing the best job, but he would like to see other people compete and have to struggle for a win,” added Hamilton.