After winning his fifth World Championship title, Lewis now belongs to a select group of drivers who have won five or more World Championships. Inevitably, many fans and journalists wonder if he may even be the GOAT – Greatest Of All Time. Lewis takes a more modest view…
“Firstly, I could never ever personally classify myself as the best. Obviously, within myself, I know of my abilities and where I stand but ultimately… My Dad always told me, ‘do your talking on the track.’ So, I just try to let my results do the talking.
“Now I can strike out one of the things that I put on my list of the year. It’s always at the top: win the world title, do everything for that.”
With seven world titles and 91 wins, record Championship winner Michael Schumacher still reigns supreme at the top of the all-time leaderboard.
“Michael’s still quite far ahead in race wins, so you have to say he is still the GOAT,” says Lewis. “Fangio, I think, is the godfather and always will be, from a driver’s perspective. To do what he did at that time when everything was so dangerous… my respect is so high for him.
“I feel very honoured to have my name alongside his, that’s for sure and naturally just very proud to have the Hamilton name up there.”
The name ‘Lewis Hamilton’ has further cemented itself in the Formula One history books. But how are future generations to remember Lewis?
“The racing is at the core of everything that I do and naturally I am always going to be remembered as a racing driver, but this great sport and this great opportunity that I have had has created a great foundation and an opportunity for me to do other things.
“I’ve always been one to want to have some positive impact; I don’t want to be just taking, taking, taking. I want to be doing some positive things for the future.
“So, if I want to be remembered for anything it’s by… whether it’s helping some kids getting through school, getting through difficult times. Whether it’s building a school, whether it’s encouraging education, whether it’s just helping people get through difficult times.
“It’s kind of difficult to put it into words but naturally I don’t want my time on earth to mean nothing. I’m sure that you all feel that way. You all want to know that your time was spent well, and you didn’t squander it. And that’s my goal.”