Hamilton hits back at critics


Lewis Hamilton has dismissed suggestions that his jet-setting lifestyle has had a negative impact on his performances on the track.

The three-time Formula 1 World Champion has not claimed a race victory since winning last season’s United States Grand Prix in October, a victory which secured the World Championship.

His Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg has since gone on to dominate, with the German winning the last three races of the 2015 campaign, and the opening two rounds of the current season.

There have been suggestions that Hamilton’s comparatively poor performances are the result of the Briton taking his focus off matters on the track, with the 31-year-old frequently posting accounts of his lavish, busy lifestyle and many off-track pursuits on social media.

Speaking to Auto Moto und Sport, Hamilton has rejected such notions, and has insisted that while he lives life to the fullest, he would never compromise his racing performance.

“I don’t know exactly how this opinion is formed,” he said. “Everyone has their own way of working, but I’m certainly not taking it easy at the track or driving the car.

“I haven’t got to be a triple World Champion just through luck. There’s a reason I can show that number of race wins. I prepare at home before in my room, or on the flight.

“Do I enjoy my life? Absolutely! You can call it as you want. All people are different. It’s good when a character is unique,” he continued.

“There are still far too many people who think that they have to adapt to be accepted. The more people who break out of this bubble and find themselves, the better.”

Hamilton added that he was certainly not at odds with his Mercedes team regarding his frequent posting on social media.

“No, this team is led by people who are young in spirit and understand my attitude,” he said. “They know that it’s a cool way of communicating. It brings the brand attention.

“We just have great people on this team. I don’t tell Toto that he should pull his shirt out of his pants. Even Niki is a super-cool part of this team … He believes that if you stay true to yourself then that delivers the best results. Toto, Niki, Dr Zetsche [Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars] – all think the same way here.”