Lewis Hamilton: low-key weekends are part of world-famous lifestyle

The formula one driver Lewis Hamilton has said his celebrated motorbike racing and karting, as well as his low-key weekends, are part of his world-famous lifestyle. Hamilton told a magazine cover shoot for GQ…

Lewis Hamilton: low-key weekends are part of world-famous lifestyle

The formula one driver Lewis Hamilton has said his celebrated motorbike racing and karting, as well as his low-key weekends, are part of his world-famous lifestyle. Hamilton told a magazine cover shoot for GQ that he was not scared of being anonymous because “everything is public” with his Formula One and McLaren team.

The 33-year-old, who has said he could make a comeback to karting by 2020, also said he went for long rides on his motorbike in his downtime. “My existence is scrutinised all the time so I need to find other ways to relax,” Hamilton, who was voted GQ’s British of the Year in April, said.

GQ magazine’s editorial director and editor-in-chief, Mike Shearwood, said: “Motorcycle racing was always his passion and the sport didn’t prevent him from nurturing other interests. His simple, low-key lifestyle is all about a lot of hard work and technique. We love hearing that, too, and so do our readers.”

The German driver Sebastian Vettel said in a separate interview with the magazine that the F1 drivers were enjoying their time out of the limelight. “That’s the big difference now, compared to earlier generations. Back then, there was a gap between us and the public,” he said. “Nowadays, people get to know us better than what’s usual, which I like.”

Hamilton finished on the podium in Austria in May, a season-high since his victory in Canada in June last year. It could be a turning point with his team chasing a first world championship since 2008.

“If the team feels that they can achieve something special in the next couple of races, then the first feeling will be to try to sustain that and then go higher and higher,” said Hamilton. “But I think if we realise that we don’t have a chance in those races, then that’s when we will think about going away and not racing for the rest of the year.”

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