Olympic gold-medallist Caitlyn Jenner has revealed that Sir Lewis Hamilton is fully behind her venture into the W Series.
Jenner, who won a 1979 celebrity race at Long Beach, has entered a team into the 2022 W series, and will oversee the day-to-day running of the side.
The American, whose kids include Kylie Jenner and Kendall Jenner, revealed that she is an avid fan of Hamilton having met him a few times.
“I’ve met Lewis on a couple of occasions. When you meet somebody and you know them, all of a sudden you’re going to cheer for them,” she told Sky Sports F1.
Further, the 37-year-old was enthused by the idea of Jenner entering her very own team into the all-women series, and he supports the series as a whole as the FIA try to get more women involved in motorsport.
“I talked to him a couple of weeks ago to find out his feelings on the W Series and what he thought about it when I was thinking about getting in,” she recalled.
“He was very positive, loved the idea.
“I said to him ‘thank you for making last season very exciting’. The years before that, when you win the series with three races to go, it’s not as exciting.”
Having won a gold medal and four professional athletics championships, Jenner is no stranger to domination in her area of sport, and thus she has no issue with Hamilton having claimed six of the last eight world titles in Formula 1.
“As an athlete I have no problem with [Hamilton] dominating. Running the decathlon, I had no problem dominating,” she stated.
“But I asked him ‘wasn’t there a year when you won it in the last turn?’ And he said ‘yeah, that was 2008’. This time he got beat on the last lap.”
With the technical regulations changing in 2022, the 72-year-old is looking forward to what will hopefully be some intense competition in the upcoming season, and believes the Mercedes driver will come back with a vengeance after his controversial championship defeat to Max Verstappen last year.
“But it was a great season and I’m really excited for next year with Formula 1, what Mercedes are going to do, what Red Bull are going to do,” she added.
“[Hamilton] is going to want to get it back and it’s going to be great.”
The 2022 season gets up and running on 20 March in Bahrain following two pre-season tests in Barcelona and Sakhir.