Lewis Hamilton won’t sacrifice his performance In F1 for outside interests

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Lewis Hamilton says he wants to strike the right balance between work and his personal life, but he won’t sacrifice his on-track performance.

Lewis Hamilton says he is increasingly aware of the importance of using his time correctly and ‘making memories’ with loved ones.

“I think for me, what I am aware of – and I am sure of you guys, if you have parents around – you know that the most valuable thing we have is time,” the Briton said.

“Utilizing the time… Naturally we all are chasing dreams, working crazy hours and trying to achieve something, but the most important thing is the memories that you are able to create.

“So striking the right balance… I think in the past, for sure, I remember being a workaholic, and just that was all I did.

“There were only a few memory-making moments through the year with the people that matter most to me. And for sure, I want to strike a balance of doing more in the future with that whilst I continue to do things I am passionate about.”

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Lewis also has to divide his time so that he can participate in other business/personal interests outside Formula 1, such as fashion, music and his activism work.

“When I got into this sport, it was definitely frowned upon by many – ‘he’s over here distracted by these things…’ – and I can tell you it’s not been easy to do those the other things and arrive and do the lap like I did in Singapore [in 2018].

“But only I know what’s right for me, and I felt this is what’s right for me, and I usually follow my heart.

“And I knew that the things that I was doing I was passionate about, and I was getting energy from them, and it felt great.

“Of course, it felt special to then turn up in a place like Singapore and produce performances like I have. And then it opens up a door.

“Now I know I could continue to do that, however I have to strike a balance of still being conscious of not taking away from my performances on the track.

“I will never sacrifice that in future, or any time,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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