‘Over the years people have taken on a lot of things in terms of my lifestyle’: Lewis Hamilton insists he is not a ‘playboy’ but a finely tuned racing machine, while six-time world champion seems to be eclipsing Michael Schumacher’s record.
- Lewis Hamilton says he’s a perfectly tuned racing machine, not a ‘playboy’
- Hamilton has spent much of his career living in the celebrity haze, taking up red carpets
- But Hamilton insists he gives himself time to focus on being the best
Lewis Hamilton has insisted that he is not a playboy, but a finely tuned racing machine.
Using his abilities, the 35-year-old heads to Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix in search of a record 92nd victory in his 14th season, one more than Michael Schumacher with Benetton and Ferrari.
While the German was famous for his obvious dedication to his craft, Hamilton has lived much of his career in the haze of celebrities, taking in rappers and red carpets in an existence split between Europe and America.
Lewis Hamilton said he is not a ‘playboy’ because he wants to break Michael Schumacher’s record
Six-time World Champion Hamilton (pictured next to footballer Neymar and model Barbara Palvin) has spent much of his career living in the haze of celebrities
But for all his involvement in fashion and music – and most recently in fighting racism – Hamilton says his focus is solid.
“Over the years, people have adopted many things related to my lifestyle,” he said. ‘I go to different events and I have a life and interests in sports.
But people take the time I allow myself to focus on being the best that I can be physically and mentally as a matter of course. I never do anything that gets in the way.
‘Only I know how thin I can stretch myself, and I’ve managed to find a decent balance.
Hamilton says he gives himself time to stay focused on being the best driver possible
‘I get such a playboy image, and I am not. If you would go home to see me with my family, you would know my core values. ‘
Hamilton has admitted feeling lonely this year as Covid limits him to Monaco and, on race weekends, his two-tone brown camper with physio Angela Cullen and pet bulldog Roscoe.
‘Other years have been rushed en masse, flying from London to New York to Singapore in 2018, doing the best qualifying lap I’ve ever driven and constantly proving people’s theories are wrong.
‘This year has been different. I have hardly traveled, which was quite pleasant. I have not been pulled left, right and center. I’ve been home longer than ever. It gives you time to work out whenever you want. There are no excuses for missing sessions. ‘
The 35-year-old wants to overshadow Michael Schumacher’s F1 record in Portugal
The Mercedes cars set the pace in practice again on Friday, although it was Valtteri Bottas whose name led the list. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Racing Point’s Lance Stroll tripped over each other in the first corner in the afternoon’s greatest excitement.
Meanwhile, fellow Briton George Russell’s future at Williams is under scrutiny. He is signed to the Oxfordshire team for another year, but it is said he may be relieved by the new owners, Dorilton.
That scenario gained credence when acting team boss Simon Roberts refused to confirm that Russell would stay. He said laughably that he didn’t want to “stir up speculation.”
The theory is that Sergio Perez may be more attractive because he would bring Mexican money.
If that’s true, Russell must act quickly to get a seat for next season. He is a talented driver, arguably Britain’s next world champion.
Time is not his friend. He’s also not necessarily helped in this case by being part of the Mercedes Young Driver program. For example, it excludes him from a chair in the Red Bull stable, where he scores high.
Russell, 22, may want to consider whether he can and should break free, not least now that Mercedes was boringly holding out with Bottas as Hamilton’s useful front man in yet another campaign.
Meanwhile, controversy continued over Racing Point’s failure to get Stroll to test for Covid at the Eifel Grand Prix. His private doctor apparently told him that despite fever, lethargy, and diarrhea, he showed no symptoms and later returned a positive result.
McLaren’s Zak Brown speculated who the doctor might be. “Was it (former team owner) Dr Mallya, Dr Seuss or Dr Dre?”