Since he entered Formula 1, in 2007, until today Lewis Hamilton has lived many different lives. He was the prodigy boy, the youngest world champion ever (until Vettel's first title), he experienced years of crisis and finally became the absolute protagonist of the Mercedes era of triumphs. A splendid career that can still take him far, to reach and perhaps overcome the record that appeared unreachable by Michael Schumacher. After the Austin Hamilton Grand Prix, the protagonist of a long and interesting interview with SportWeek, the weekly magazine of Gazzetta dello Sport, he spoke about the figures that most influenced his life, sporting and not only.
Among them obviously could not miss the protagonists of his parable in F1, starting with ‘his team principals, Ron Dennis and Toto Wolff. "Ron taught me how a great entrepreneur is made – explained Hamilton, who raced under the leadership of the British boss from 2007 to 2012, winning a title and arriving twice more in the last race still the race for success – he is a generous man. He offered a young person like me an opportunity ". The relationship between the two was almost like a movie. Hamilton, at 10, on the occasion of an award ceremony, told Dennis that he would one day run for him with McLaren, then the dominant force in F1. A goal that the Stevenage pilot made 12 years later, when he made his debut running in Melbourne on the MP4-22. "After what
I said as a child – recalled the six-time world champion – he gave me a chance to go somewhere. I wouldn't be here if Ron hadn't been there".
With Wolff instead starting from 2014, after the debut in Mercedes under the guidance of Ross Brawn, Hamilton lived the years of full maturity, stocking up on titles despite, above all at the beginning, the relationships within the team were complicated by the fierce rivalry with Nico Rosberg: "Toto is a great businessman. I learned from him that to make an organization successful with so many people involved, like our team, people must be in the right environment and in the right position to function and excel. Each of us is capable of producing something different. We cannot be great in everything – English admitted – only in some things, but the role we occupy is fundamental. He realized how to bring out the best in everyone. Toto can see where and how one can do his best. It's his skill. It really is a great example of leadership ".