Lewis Hamilton has “reinvented himself” as a driver in recent years to become the complete F1 competitor, according to his father Anthony.
In the Eifel Grand Prix at the Nurburgring, the World Champion became the joint most successful racer in Formula 1 history as he equalled Michael Schumacher’s record of 91 victories.
The outright record is surely only just around the corner while, at some point before the end of the season at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix in mid-December, Hamilton looks certain to match another of Schumacher’s records – by claiming his seventh World Championship title.
He holds a 69-point lead in the standings over his team-mate Valtteri Bottas.
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) October 12, 2020
Although the 35-year-old Briton frequently credits his Mercedes team for the part they have played in his success, Anthony Hamilton believes the way in which his son has developed as a driver is also worthy of huge praise.
“Lewis’ early formative years were probably the most influential and the most important to his achievements today,” Hamilton snr told Sky Sports.
“As you get older and wiser and more experienced, you start to reinvent yourself.
“If you look at the way Lewis is racing now, certainly in the last two or three years he has completely reinvented the way he has approached his racing and drives.
“There’s no accounting clearly for talent, but being able to develop control of the tyres, manage the race…it takes a huge amount of skill and, I must say, patience.”
In terms of how long Hamilton will continue as a Formula 1 driver, Anthony offered no specific timeframe but cited enjoyment as a key factor in future decisions.
Hamilton jnr has yet to commit to Mercedes beyond the end of this season, but the likelihood is that he will extend his tenure with the all-conquering team for potentially another three years.
“As I keep saying to him, you’re a long time retired in this sport – continue for as long as you enjoy doing it,” said Anthony. “When you get to that stage where you are no longer having fun then you should stop doing it.
“But I know Lewis absolutely adores the sport, he loves winning, he loves competing and loves the competition. Most of all he loves standing up on the podium hearing the national anthem played for him.”