Lewis Hamilton is one of the most famous Formula One racing drivers from England, currently racing for the Mercedes AMG Petronas team.
A three-time Formula One World Champion, he is regarded by fellow and former drivers as one of the greatest Formula One drivers in the history of the sport.
Competing for races requires a level of stamina and fitness, how important fitness and health to you?
‘Fitness has been a part of what I’ve done, since I was 12. I’ve always got more physical as I’ve moved up in the category. I trained on my own till I was 22 and then I had a couple of different trainers though the formula one stage, so having a trainer on board helps with several things in terms helps keep everything smooth. Nutrition is such a large parts of it so its consistency in different ways.’
How do you mentally prepare for a race?
‘I think that it’s really about the build-up. It’s about the state of mind, the state of wellbeing before, way before. People think about how you get in the zone in that one moment, but it’s a build-up of the days before, whether you have rested or it could be what you’ve eaten. You want to arrive with zero baggage and feeling fresh and fully focused on the one goal. The driving part is the easier part as opposed to all the other stuff, the noise around you.
Many celebrities and sports stars have accredited their envious figures to the ‘gluten free diet’. Have you brought this diet or any others into your everyday life?
‘I’ve only started doing it because I’m lactose intolerance and also gluten intolerant so it’s strange. My whole life I was fine eating whatever, and then a couple of years ago I had some stomach problems and got tested and found it, it’s strange. I am now on lactose free milk and generally watching out for gluten. I think it’s such a small difference, I do know that I don’t have any stomach problems so whether I have more energy or less or whether I feel cleaner we’ll see.
Some fitness regimes come and go, but pilates is only becoming more popular. Are you currently involved with a fitness regime?
I did soul cycle a lot time ago, maybe 3 or 4 years ago which was pretty intense. But no, because were traveling all the time it’s very hard what classes are going to be in wherever where going to be in. We do relatively a lot of circuit training which I quite like and cardio. Generally I like being outside, I would go crazy if I’m inside looking at a wall cycling for 2 hours!
The pressure of being in the public eye can drive some public figures crazy, but you seem calm and collected most of the time. What is your secret to staying grounded around your fans?
‘I don’t know. In my early days it was cool in one sense people want to write about you but then sometimes its crap when you have a guy that you were completely perfectly respectful too and then writes some crap about you that might not even be true. And ultimately thousands of people are going to read what he just wrote and that’s one opinion which could alter the way one looks at you. I guess right now, I’m in a place now, I know who I am,good and bad stories will be written about me. I just embrace it and as long as you know who you are in your centre and you’re comfortable and confident in yourself.
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