Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton claims that, he does more to promote F1 sport than anyone else and does not owe the sport a thing.
Triple-time F1 world champion Hamilton enjoys a vital celebrity presence away from racing as well as being on track, and was recently named as one of Time‘s 100 most influential people in the world.
“I’ve been here for 10 years – given my blood, sweat and tears for the sport,” Hamilton told CNN. “So I don’t feel like I owe it anything.
“I actually probably promote the sport more than any other driver ever has.
“I’m at more events talking about Formula One more than any driver ever has – probably all the other drivers put together and more.
“I don’t feel like I have any more of a responsibility.
“I’ve got some incredible fans and I give as much time as I can to motivate them and energise those who do follow me.
“So I don’t know what else I have to give.”
The Brit said he had no input on how it is run and had little desire to do so.
“Ultimately sport, business, it’s money and power,” he said.
“We (the drivers) will say stuff but ultimately it’s those people who are sitting in their chair, striking a pen, paying checks, making money, that will be the ones that (have the final say).
“I’m not saying it’s wrong. It’s just like a corporate business, money is the power, money is the ruler.
“The people who own the sport make the decisions.”
When asked if he would like to have more of a say, he added: “Not really. It doesn’t make any difference.”
Hamilton is currently 36 points adrift of Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg after three races in this year’s championship.