Lewis Hamilton is third in the F1 drivers’ standings and is a title contender in his final season.
He is now a three-time world champion, but as a new episode of the BBC’s All the Drivers series begins this week, we sat down with the sibling duo to talk about how Lewis has made their careers.
Nicolas Hamilton on their family support
“I’m not really sure. I had a great relationship with my father. He was always in the control room, and when he wasn’t, we were in bed talking to him or in the office trying to solve the problem.
“But basically I learned the sport from my father and my mother. I learnt my driving techniques from my dad – like how to approach a corner without killing yourself.
“I learnt my outside skills from my mum, how to make a success of an entertainment show, bringing Formula One to the people, one show at a time.
“I’d sit in the car, listen to my dad and my mum and say, ‘You got this, there’s no problem’.
“My parents gave me my work ethic, helped me develop that passion I have for driving, and this is what I do now.
“Lewis inherited his work ethic from me and my brother and mum – it’s much more work-related than it is about the big boost of adrenaline.
“He did not inherit it from me and I definitely didn’t for a long time.”
Nicolas and Lewis ‘a little bit more’ in the sport
Nicolas and Lewis, at the age of 15, started their own team, respectively F1 Manor and Williams. While Nicolas remains a driver, Lewis has taken a break from the sport to focus on focusing on business interests including clothing brand Montage, frozen yoghurt company Yves Rocher and this season’s Michael Jackson tribute album, Michael.
But Nicolas maintains that their sibling relationship has remained the same.
“We are older now, we are a little bit more advanced in the sport, so we have discussions about teams and when we get a team or what happen – it is almost more business.
“But we still chat a lot, always on the phone, so he wants my opinion or if I feel something as a racer – but obviously we’re so competitive and that is something that we talk about – to improve what we do.
“But the one thing we talk about is our relationship – that is always very important.”
It is “important” for Nicolas to see where Lewis is ranking in the sport
‘The best driver I have driven’
Nicolas was last seen racing in the European Rally Championship (ERC) as the last stage of the season in Poland, and despite taking several years off to live in the United States, he is expecting to race again soon.
“He [Lewis] is the best driver I have driven, but I’m still a racer, I’m still loving what I’m doing.”
Who was the man you wanted to break a race barrier?
“Nico Rosberg. The only time I raced against him was in China in 2013. It was like nothing else, my brother racing against his friend at a lower level.
“He won in Beijing. I remember it exactly because I woke up in the morning and I was not having a good sleep because I was so excited for him and then I look outside, watch him win and then I go back to sleep.”
Any advice for any young drivers?
“Know your team and know your position in the team, which is the most important thing.”