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Hamilton grateful for old man’s motivation

FATHER AND SON: Anthony has a word with Lewis Hamilton (PA)

DESPITE BEING on the verge of winning his second World Championship, Lewis Hamilton has admitted his season could have been very different if Hamilton senior had not given him a “kick up the backside”.

The 29-year-old will win his second title, after 2008’s success, if he beats rival Nico Rosberg or finishes at least second at the season’s finale in two weeks’ time in Abu Dhabi.

The Mercedes driver managed a second-placed finish at yesterday’s Brazilian Grand Prix, which Rosberg won, cutting Hamilton’s points lead down to 17 points, but the Stevenage-born racer claimed he might not have been in the running if it was not for his dad Anthony’s words of wisdom.

Speaking earlier this month after winning the US Grand Prix, Hamilton revealed how his father played an instrumental role in re-focusing his strategy following August’s Belgium race that ended in disappointment.

Hamilton said: “Rather than feeling hard done by, my dad always told me to turn negatives into positives so that’s what I do.

“When I used to kart my dad used to say ‘take no prisoners’. He came to Monza and said it again.

“It’s not that I wasn’t doing that already but it was almost like a kick up the backside.”

The former McLaren driver, who switched to Mercedes in 2012, spoke about how much his whole family gave to help his career.

“My family sacrificed their whole way of living to get me to where I am today”, added Hamilton.

“People turn on the television and see an F1 driver, good sunglasses, nice watch, diamond studs and a nice plane but they have no clue what we went through to get here.

“My dad was not wealthy in those days. I slept on a bed in the living room made from putting the sofa and a chair together.

“My dad did four jobs to earn £5 here and £10 there. Rather than use it to go shopping they would buy food for a karting weekend.

“It makes me really proud to realise what we have achieved. So far this has been the best year of my life. I never thought this success would come so fast with Mercedes.”

The Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which takes place on November 23, has caused a stir due to it being the first time a season finale will have double points awarded – a system put in place to create more excitement, according to F1 bosses.

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