Drive to Advance “will be about exploring the intersections of legacy, sport and society and my community’s role in helping shape our racing culture.”
1. What role does your heritage play in your life?
“For the last 20 years my heritage has helped define my mission to advance the Game. Since I was a young boy I wanted to drive a Formula One car. I wanted to compete on the racetrack and it would mean an awful lot to be able to achieve that goal. I was the youngest person in the early 2000s to reach the top ranks in my sport. I thought winning would always mean a trophy and getting to the Monaco Grand Prix. I now know winning is much more complex, and that people are much more key to my driving. My roots are my inspiration.”
2. How will Drive to Advance fit into the culture of motorsport?
“The exhibition is another step in our commitment to deliver better experiences to all fans. To make sure that we are not only enhancing our fans experience but is also relevant to the changing face of motorsport. Everything is happening so fast and there are so many moving parts. It would be fantastic to be able to do some of these things in our sport. That is why I have just started my family. I want to enjoy the ride more than ever.”
3. Who was the most important influence in your development into a Formula One racing driver?
“My sister and team mate Nicole Scherzinger.”
4. What is your career highlight?
“With respect to the events that have happened this season, I am actually more excited about the future. The season has really been incredible. I have had the most successful season with Mercedes yet. In my opinion I have been able to do my best yet in the season. Now is not the time to count my chickens yet. But it has certainly been a beautiful thing to be part of. Finally I felt that it was my time. I am at the pinnacle of the sport at the highest level. It is more than just winning, it is with the talent and the pace, and being able to give my whole effort to the team.”
5. What is the next step for the next year or two?
“What will be bigger in the coming year or two is building the next phase for Formula One. I feel great and really enjoy what I am doing, but there is still a lot of work to do. I look forward to the next challenges as they can be as big as what I have done so far. We are looking forward to doing a lot of exciting things. There are a lot of people looking at us for possibilities, whether that is from a broadcast perspective, or a variety of different projects. We have our office in Silverstone now so we can be ready to jump in if and when the time comes.
6. What are your goals for your career?
“As I mentioned above, my biggest milestone has come this season, but over the next few years I want to expand Formula One in a way that makes sense for everyone involved. That would include sponsorship deals and some of the underlying money that is being spent to help grow Formula One is still missing.”
7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
“I hope to have won three times at least. That would give me a lot of experience and knowledge. I hope to be playing a different role with another organization in the media. That is another huge goal for me. Now my driving comes first, but I think that in 10 years I will probably be somewhere else.”
8. Last but not least, what will Drive to Advance be?
“I hope that people who come to Drive to Advance have had an amazing time and learn something. It is going to be about exploring the intersections of legacy, sport and society and my community’s role in helping shape our racing culture. I want people to see that the people behind the scenes have a lot to offer. That can be in a role as a sponsor or a presenter or a guest. This is not about sitting in the front row at races, but a little later on. I hope to allow people to explore this whole idea.
The views and opinions expressed in this post are solely those of Nicolas Hamilton and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or position of The Washington Post.