The Straits Times
Published on Sep 19, 2012

Hamilton: Dad's words stopped me quitting


SINGAPORE (AFP) - Formula One star Lewis Hamilton revealed on Wednesday how his father's simple advice to "never give up" had stopped him quitting during dark days in his career.

Hamilton, under intense speculation over which team he will drive for next year, has often cut an unhappy figure this season despite his three wins. In 2011, his campaign was knocked off course by relationship problems.

But the 27-year-old Briton said he drew strength at difficult times from his personal motto, drilled into him by his father, Anthony.

"Never give up. That's just something I had from when I was a kid," Hamilton said at a promotional event ahead of this weekend's Singapore Grand Prix.