Hamilton says he promotes Formula 1 more than any other driver has

Lewis Hamilton claims he owes Formula 1 nothing given his belief he promotes it "more than any driver ever has"

Hamilton says he promotes Formula 1 more than any other driver has

The three-time world champion has not hidden from the spotlight during his time in F1, seen at numerous events and parties away from a racetrack over the years.

Last year F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone criticised the likes of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg for not promoting F1, unlike Hamilton who he claimed to be "the best champion we have had in a long, long time".

Hamilton has emerged as F1's voice of reason

To that effect, Hamilton feels he has no responsibility towards F1.

Speaking in an interview with CNN, he said: "I actually probably promote the sport more than any other driver ever has.

"I'm at more events talking about Formula 1 more than any driver ever has - probably all the other drivers put together and more.

"So 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 to.

"I've been there for 10 years. Love the sport. Given my blood, sweat and tears for the sport.

"So no, I don't feel like I owe it anything."

Hamilton, meanwhile, has told Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to revel in his run of success while he can.

ANALYSIS: Is F1 history on Rosberg's side?

Rosberg has won the first three grands prix of this season to lead Hamilton in the drivers' standings by 36 points, and six overall stretching back to last season.

"He's done a great job," added Hamilton.

"I've not been there to really be in the fight with him. He's had pretty much a breeze for the last three races.

"Good for him. Enjoy it whilst it lasts because you never know how long it's going to last."

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