LEWIS: MY GREAT ESCAPE.
LEWIS HAMILTON revealed he was spurred on to make a success of his career to get away from drugs gangs living in his street.
The 29-year-old multi-millionaire sportsman was speaking as he visited critically ill children in a Melbourne hospital.
"I'm aware I have come from not the greatest place to get to where I am," he said. "When I was growing up, there were drug dealers living in the house across the street. I am so grateful to have had the opportunities I have, and I feel it would be inhuman not to give something back, however small.
"I know that it's awful being in hospital and to see the smiles on the faces of these kids was really uplifting."
And Hamilton (right) revealed when he dies he wants to go as friend Jenson Button's dad John, 70, did in January, living life to the full. "My aunt died last year at just 53, which hit me hard, and over the winter it was a massive shock to hear that Jenson's father John had died too. He was one of the coolest dudes in the paddock "I'm sure when John got to the Pearly Gates, he was thankful for everything he had in his life. He really lived to the full. That's what I want to feel. "