“I don’t think you should knock anybody for the way you do things. I get knocked by many people, particularly older drivers.

“They still have a bee in their bonnet, I don’t know why, maybe they’ll get over it one day.

“I have so much respect for the past legends, even though they do continue to talk negatively about me all the time.

“But I still hold them in high regard as I know it was so difficult at a different time in history, it was incredibly tough for them, they remain the legends.

“In 20 years’ time, whenever it is, when I’m looking back, I can promise you this, I will not be talking down any young driver that is coming through and succeeding.

“The responsibility as an older driver is to shine the light as bright as possible and encourage those.

“There’ll be someone else, whether it is Max or whoever it may be, who is going to be chasing the record that I eventually set.

“It would be the wrong kind of characteristic and approach to be hoping he doesn’t break it.”

Hamilton now says he will take time out this week to think about his 91 wins, his first coming in the 2007 Canadian Grand Prix.


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