Formula one driver Lewis Hamilton has claimed that he wishes he could be as outspoken as controversial rapper Kanye West, but fears that it would detract his sponsors away from his brand.
The 31-year-old is good friends with the rap superstar and was given advice by Kanye regarding the way he was portrayed in the media.
When visiting the musician’s home, Kanye told Hamilton: “You need to do what you love and not give a f*** about what anyone thinks.”
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Hamilton refused to speak to journalists last month after he was criticised for using the social media app Snapchat during a press conference.
The reigning F1 World Champion applied bunny rabbit filters to himself and fellow drivers during a press conference ahead of the Japanese Grand Prix, but received a negative backlash for seemingly showing a lack of respect to the journalists in attendance.
Hamilton was speaking to City AM about his visit to Kanye’s house, and said: “I went to see him at his house and he goes ‘You know, you’re just like me, me and you are very much the same'.
"Ultimately, we shouldn't feel like we need to shrink ourselves for other people to feel comfortable. Kanye's outspoken, to say the least. I love that. He's electrifying in everything he does. I wish I could be that outspoken, I really do.
"But I'm signed to all these brands that have an idealistic image that they wish to be connected with, so I need to be careful."
Hamilton currently sits behind Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by 19 points in second place with two races left to go in the season and a maximum of 50 points still available.
However, if Rosberg wins either of the final two races in Brazil or Abu Dhabi, then he will deny Hamilton his third consecutive championship.
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