Lewis Hamilton says he wants to be remembered as one of the cleanest Formula 1 drivers and doesn’t want to achieve anything by dirty driving, but admits he can’t be perfect in every situation and that he wasn’t particularly at an earlier stage of his career.
Hamilton and Verstappen have been fighting a tense battle for the title all season, and although Hamilton has often been the one to give up in their duels, in some situations like Silverstone he has shown that he too can be uncompromising even at the cost of a clash.
But Hamilton points out that it is very important for him to win the title in a ‘pure way’ and that is how his father raised him. "That's how my dad raised me, he always told me to 'say yours on the track'
I was bullied as a child, both at school and on the track, and I wanted to beat them the right way, not by failure or collision, ”Hamilton said. "I want to be the cleanest among drivers, with speed, hard work, and determination so there is no denying what I have achieved."
Hamilton says that so far in his career, which he started in 2007 at McLaren with Alonso, he has never met a driver who has such a fierce attitude in racing like Verstappen. “He is the only such driver I have raced with.
I raced with a lot of drivers and they were all different in the way they behaved. I'm older now, I'm trying to look a little deeper into their character and their background so I'm trying to understand that so I can appreciate them more.
"I tried to do that. I tried to make sure to avoid a collision and I think I was pretty good at it in most scenarios. You can't always do it perfectly. ” Hamilton avoided a safe collision with aggressive Verstappen in Imola, Barcelona, and Brazil, but failed to do so at Silverstone, where he was penalized with ten seconds, and Monza, where Verstappen was penalized in the next race in Russia.
“If you’re on the outside [like Hamilton in Imola, Barcelona, and Brazil], giving in is a reasonable option if you want to see the end of the race. But if you're on the inside, those were scenarios that I truly believe I was right, when I was almost wheel to wheel.
” “At Silverstone, look at the footage. My front wheel was next to his, it wasn’t next to his rear wheel. In that scenario, if I had Max’s approach from Brazil, if I had stayed on the gas, jumped off the track, and held the position, what would have happened? Would they look at the rules then? "Sometimes you lose in these situations, but it's not just about me, there are 2,000 people behind me and I have to think about them and their work, the damage to the car."