LEWIS HAMILTON’S opponents will probably be left scratching their heads after watching him win his fifth world crown.
In any case, there isn’t a logical clarification for it.
From an early age, elite athletes are recurrently instructed to coach, get their relaxation, shun the events and the temptations all in favour of residing a saint-like existence.
But, by some means and for some cause, that method doesn’t work for Hamilton.
The truth is, the extra jet-setting, glitz and glamorous life-style he leads, the higher he turns into.
A working example this season got here on the Singapore Grand Prix, a observe that his Mercedes crew has traditionally struggled at.
Hamilton stepped off the airplane having racked up a whopping 25,000 miles within the air flying from London to Shanghai, to London to New York, to London to Singapore. All to advertise his vogue designs with Tommy Hilfiger.
Whereas his friends had hung out of their groups’ simulators or coaching, Hamilton was on the crimson carpet with fashions.
But he responded with a superb pole place on a Saturday and transformed that right into a victory on the Sunday.
The actual fact is that Hamilton tried the standard method at McLaren as they tried to shoe-horn him into the mould of a contemporary skilled with little profile exterior of F1 and definitely with out a voice.
However at Mercedes he has been given freedom to do what he likes, inside cause.
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He was told that he can follow his fashion career on the proviso that it does not impact his performances on track, only it does but in a positive way.
Now in his 12th season in F1, Hamilton says he still has the passion to keep competing at the highest level for victories.
We know this to be true, for he has agreed a lucrative two-year contract extension with Mercedes.
Hamilton has flourished on track but in the last 20 months he has also developed off it. He has grown in confidence.
A case in point is his stance on social media. There are still a few mis-judgements, such as his comments about his nephew wanting to wear a princess dress, but that would be missing the point.
For the key example is the sheer fact he is willing to express his opinion. In this regard he unlike many other modern athletes.
While many footballers’ Twitter account are full of the benign “we go again” or “good win for the lads”, mundane messages, Hamilton uses his social media to address matters which are important to him.
On Friday night in Austin for instance, he posted about the cruelty served to dairy cattle. He’s recently decided to swap to a plant-based diet and he’s encouraging his followers to think about doing the same.
He might not get the universal support from us Brits that perhaps he deserves for his achievements in F1.
But there are two things which we can all agree on.
Firstly, he is bloody good at what he does –perhaps the best in the history of F1 [but that’s for another day].
The second is that he is not like your average sportsmen or woman and that’s refreshingly different.