Lewis Hamilton Interview: Distractions, Social Media and His Approach to Racing

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Published: November 6, 2016

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Lewis Hamilton is an easy target. He is young, rich, successful, attractive and, it must be said, he seems to enjoy showing it all off.

He is also the only current Formula One driver with any pop culture currency, which must be unsettling to those who would rather think of them as joyless automatons, singularly dedicated to the craft of driving and shaving another hundredth-of-a-second off off their Sector 2 time.

Because Hamilton has other interests in his life and because those interests include partying with fellow celebrities and jetting around the world on his private plane, he receives an undue amount of criticism from some segments of the media and of F1's fanbase.

Bleacher Report spoke with Hamilton about handling that criticism, among other topics, in a telephone interview on the Wednesday before the U.S. Grand Prix, as part of an event for Mercedes sponsor Epson.

One oft-repeated critique of the three-time champion is that he does not appear focused on F1. Former driver and current Channel 4 pundit David Coulthard threw his hat in that ring earlier this year, per the Guardian's Paul Weaver.



Hamilton dismisses that sort of speculation out of hand. Yes, there are times where he has been at an event or party before the race weekend, but he said that is not the determining factor in how his weekend goes.

"Sometimes, I arrive at races more energetic and clear-minded than ever and then I have a terrible race. And the opposite is also true."

Such is the randomness of F1 and sport in general, where the most talented athlete doesn't always win. And Hamilton is certainly one of the most talented drivers on the grid. Perhaps that is also where some of the negative judgement comes from—people concerned the outside distractions have limited his ability to live up to his massive potential.

To be fair, Hamilton has admitted that, in the past, his p...
Article Source: Bleacher Report - Formula 1

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