“The way I’ve always approached it, is I’ve just been really thankful for the ones you have,” Hamilton said. “I’m very, very fortunate to be up here now, obviously with more than most people have, and I don’t take that for granted. Whether or not I’m going to have the chance to win more, who knows. I’m going to give it everything to do so, but I think just one step at a time.
“The 91 wins that he has, for example, that’s a lot of wins. I guess 20 away now, aren’t I? There’s still a long way to go but I’m here for a few more years, so I’m hoping that I can at least get close.
“But even so, Michael was just such a genius in how he implemented himself into Ferrari and what he did with that team and yeah, I will always be a fan of him.”
Hamilton highlights his ability to pursue other interests away from Formula 1, such as his role as a global brand ambassador for the Tommy Hilfiger fashion brand, as having a crucial part in his championship-winning performance this year.
“It’s been a special year, I think for everyone, and I guess I can only really talk for myself but I think being able to tap into your creativity is only a positive — there’s no negatives about that.
“Having these opportunities to do these other things, tapping into a different part of the mind, naturally doing these things outside a race, it has nothing to do with being a racing driver but I think it’s keeping the brain stimulated and knowledge is power. So naturally when you’re learning new things, when you’re experiencing new things, you’re gaining knowledge as you travel the world and I only see that as a positive.
“So I try and be a sponge and absorb from people like Tommy, who has built an incredible brand. Ultimately, on my list, there’s a new dream there, to do something like he’s done within that business. So we will see how it is 10 years from now.”
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