How did you get started in racing? What initially attracted you to the sport?
Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Lewis Hamilton: “I loved cars as a kid and started watching it with my dad. My dad helped me get into racing. We kind of stumbled across it, as it was a natural passion that we both already had.”
What is your earliest racing memory?
LH: “It’s got to be watching Ayrton Senna in 1989 racing in Suzuka. In terms of my earliest memory, it is probably karting around tracks in the UK back in 1993.”
Who was your favourite racer growing up and why?
LH: “It’s always been Ayrton Senna. He’s been the guy that I’ve aspired to be like and drive like when I was a kid. His sheer speed, precision and the way he carried himself was heroic.”
Do you consider anyone a mentor in the racing world, who was it and how have they helped you?
LH: “My mentor was Ron Dennis. He signed me when I was pretty young and took me in and gave me the opportunity to learn and grow in the early stages of my career.”
What are you most proud of in your racing career?
LH: “I’m most proud of sticking to what I believe in and who I am and not letting others deter or change me into what they wish me to be. I’ll always be who I am.”
How would you describe your racing style?
LH: “Aggressive, but calculated.”
If you weren’t racing, what do you think you’d be doing?
LH: “I really have no idea where life would have taken me.”
What are some challenges that are unique to your sport compared to other racing series?
LH: “There is no other racing series like Formula One. It is the pinnacle. We have bigger teams, more investment, and more pressure. It is the most physical form of racing. We take the highest loads of G Force through corners and it’s the most technical sport in motor racing.”
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been give?
LH: “I can’t really remember one single piece of advice I’ve received. However, one piece of advice I would give is to not let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, because you can do anything if you put your mind to it.”
Do you have any racing related superstitions?
LH: “I don’t live with superstition in my life.”
How do you relax when you have free time away from racing?
LH: “I don’t really relax too often to be honest, as I like to stay busy. When I do relax I spend time listening to music or sitting by the fireplace with my two dogs.”