LONDON — When Lewis Hamilton’s wife Nicole makes a statement in front of half the world, you take notice. As of Wednesday, this was one message she wanted him to hear.
In a video posted to Instagram she asked the 32-year-old Mercedes driver to set her free, or rather give her a reason not to. But instead of shrugging off her loud plea, Hamilton decided to give her a serious reason not to — the chance to be the world champion.
Hamilton, who captured his fourth Formula One world championship in Mexico City last Sunday, says in the video that he has been a “professional, super-nerd” on the track, driving alone and getting stuff done, not anyone else.
“I remember thinking to myself, ‘You’re the most outstanding sportswoman you could possibly be, don’t let someone else take that,’ ” she says. ” ‘I have walked this sport alone; I’ve had it as my entire career; you should get it as well; and no one else can ever have it as well.’
“So look, we’ve got to do something about this,” she concludes. “So please, wherever I am, set me free so that I can continue on this ride. I want to be the strongest female driver for as long as I possibly can.”
Hamilton has taken her advice and set out to win another title, steering Mercedes to an eight-point lead over Ferrari heading into this weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix.