Lewis Hamilton: I’m my own biggest rival for title

Lewis Hamilton has revealed the only person that can stop him winning a third world title is himself.

The two-time champion is looking to secure back-to-back titles for the first time in his career and currently leads team-mate Nico Rosberg by 53 points.

“I don’t let anybody stand in my way, ever,” Hamilton told the official F1 websitewhen asked if anyone could stop him winning a third championship. “The only person who could get in my way is myself – and I won’t allow that.”

Hamilton has finished off the podium just once this year and his Mercedes car has proved the most reliable of any this season, with only one technical fault for the team, when Rosberg was forced to retire at the Italian Grand Prix with engine failure.

Hamilton’s off-track interests have created a stir, with the 30-year-old confirming an upcoming musical collaboration with music star Drake – and the British driver says he is already thinking about his life after Formula 1.

“Who said that you only should do one thing in life? That you are in one box and that is the only box for you? People tend to put people in that position – you are a Formula One driver only and that there is nothing else left and right.

“Like with Kanye West: you are a rapper and nothing else. But then people camp in front of the shop that sells his trainers! These shoes were gone in seconds. I love that concept – and I am inspired by that. It helps me being open to more opportunities – to be in more than one box. I want to be at least in two boxes!”

“I am at a point in my life where I know that I have a certain amount of years left in Formula One and I am conscious of what will be beyond that. I look at people like Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and David Beckham – sports stars who have continued to rise beyond their active careers and created businesses and futures for themselves beyond sport.

“Now I am in a phase where I am trying to build foundations to be able to do the same. In terms of winning this championship, I don’t know what effect it would have on my future life. What I do know is that it’s been my desire since I was a kid to emulate Ayrton Senna – to get these three world championships. That was always my target. If I get these three titles, that would be fantastic. If I think it over, it actually has to be at least three! That is what I am working on.”