Lewis Hamilton has revealed that advice from his father Anthony has prevented him from calling time on his racing career.
Hamilton is currently at the centre of the major talking point of the summer after it emerged that he could leave McLaren at the end of the season to move to Mercedes.
As the speculation continues, Hamilton has – at times – cut a forlorn figure but he insisted that when things got difficult, he drew strength from the advice given to him by his father when he was younger.
"Never give up,” he was quoted by AFP
during a promotional event near Singapore airport. “That's just something I had from when I was a kid.
"Everyone has tough times that people don't know about and I remember even in my career I was thinking, 'Shoot, maybe I'm not going to be able to make it'. And I remember my dad said, 'Never give up', and that just stuck with me.
"So there's times when I feel like I should maybe stop and then I think to myself, 'I'm not going to give up, I'm going to keep going. There'll be a brighter day, there's light at the end of the tunnel'."
Amidst the ongoing talk about his future, Hamilton revealed that the desire to succeed would be the determining factor in where he races in future.
"I'm just constantly motivated, I want to win,” he said. “I grew up wanting to win. Since I was eight years old, since I started racing, I've always wanted to be at the front of the pack.
"I've wanted to race people, overtake people and come out in front and outmanoeuvre, outsmart and outwit my competitors. I think what still drives me today is the future goal, which is to win world championships and be number one in the world out of all the top drivers."