Lewis Hamilton has credited his off-track interests with helping him deal with the pressure of fighting for the Formula 1 world title.
With the 2021 title-fight being very closely fought, Lewis Hamilton was asked how he deals with the immense pressure he must be under.
“I genuinely find it easy because I have these other outlets so I’m able to blow off steam in lots of different ways,” explained the Briton.
“The most important thing is always to be able to come back into the racing environment fresh, recovered, positive and not really having any worries.
“So I think I’m able to arrive and just love doing my job. So we just take it one weekend at a time and one race at a time, just always trying to elevate.
“I’ve spent plenty of time speaking to the team about how we can advance and improve but I’ve been doing this a long time so I’ve found ways personally [of coping].
“What works for me personally won’t work for everyone but I’ve found a way that I know how I tick, what gets me on course and what can put me off course, so I stick to them.”
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Lewis also said he doesn’t worry about things that he cannot control, for example mechanical failures.
“It’s not a case of ignoring [the pressure], because it’s there, but it’s the understanding that what will be will be.
“All you can do is prepare the best way you can, all you can do is give it 100 per cent and what’s coming up is coming up. So I just don’t worry about those things.
“I’ve been very fortunate in the past. I’ve had lots of ups and downs but I’ve had an amazing time, a lot of growth, so I just don’t worry about ‘what if?’.
“I just try and prepare for now. That means making sure I’ve done the work with the guys at the factory, with Bono [Peter Bonnington – Hamilton’s race engineer] and the team.
“And then ultimately let me enjoy it. Just go out there and enjoy it,” concluded the seven-time champion.