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Nicolas Hamilton speaks about relationship with brother and F1 champ Lewis Hamilton

International Business Times (AU) logoInternational Business Times (AU) 17-12-2015 Rachelle Corpuz

Nicolas Hamilton and Lewis Hamilton © Provided by IBT Australia Nicolas Hamilton and Lewis Hamilton

Nicolas Hamilton, the younger brother of Lewis Hamilton, spoke about his relationship with the Formula One (F1) world champion. Nicolas, who is seven years younger than Lewis, revealed that growing up around the racing star presented unprecedented challenge, but it also helped him grow stronger.

It is no secret that the Hamilton brothers share the same passion for motor racing. Nicolas recently made history by becoming the first disabled driver to take part in the 2015 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship. Nicolas, who has cerebral palsy, said it was hard to handle the pressure whenever he would lose to Lewis in their motor racing games as a kid.

“Lewis would always win,” Nicolas said. “He would never let me have it easy, and my family never did. It made me stronger.”

The younger Hamilton added that his brother’s competitiveness is one of the factors why the 30-year-old has been so successful in his F1 career. Nicolas also came to his brother’s defence when Lewis’ way of life outside of F1 came under close examination before the public’s eyes this year. Nicolas explained that Lewis’ gain was worth every time and effort that his brother had put in.

For Nicolas, there is no better Sport Personality of the Year than his brother, who also won the 2014 BBC Sport Personality of the Year.

Previous F1 stars who won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award include Stirling Moss (1961), Jackie Stewart (1973), Nigel Mansell (1986 and 1992), and Damon Hill (1994 and 1996). This year’s award ceremony will take place on Dec. 20 at the SSE Arena in Belfast. Joining Hamilton in the nominee list are Lizzie Armitstead, Lucy Bronze, Jessica Ennis-Hill, Mo Farah, Chris Froome, Tyson Fury, Andy Murray, Adam Peaty, Greg Rutherford, Kevin Sinfield and Max Whitlock.

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