Autosport (UK) - - CONTENTS - MAR­CUS SIMMONS DEPUTY ED­I­TOR mar­cus.simmons@autosport.com

Lewis Hamil­ton is not only a bril­liant rac­ing driver – he’s a fas­ci­nat­ing char­ac­ter who po­larises opin­ion be­cause in so many ways he just doesn’t fit the ac­cepted stereo­type of what a rac­ing driver should be. But his life­style – his show­biz friends, his move into fash­ion, his mu­sic, his ve­gan diet – most def­i­nitely sits well with him and is part of what makes him such a for­mi­da­ble force. And we’d prob­a­bly far rather that than an au­tom­a­ton who lists his hob­bies as go­ing to the gym and keep­ing fit. One week af­ter Hamil­ton clinched his fifth – and best – For­mula 1 World Cham­pi­onship ti­tle, our own Jonathan No­ble brings you an in­ter­view (p16) with the Mercedes star. Hamil­ton opens up, bring­ing an il­lu­mi­nat­ing in­sight into what makes him tick and why a sixth and even sev­enth world ti­tle are within his reach. He’s cer­tainly show­ing no signs of slow­ing down. And if you think over-driv­ing is a bad thing, then find out what he thinks about con­trolled over-driv­ing…! Here is a now-33-year-old vet­eran with all the en­thu­si­asm of a rookie young­ster, but the ma­tu­rity to com­ple­ment that. Per­son­ally, my usual take on Hamil­ton when I’m chat­ting to cyn­i­cal-yet-in­quis­i­tive non-rac­ing pals down the pub is that while he may not be to ev­ery­one’s taste as a bloke (for heaven’s sake, shouldn’t rac­ing driv­ers be do­ing such manly things as iron-man chal­lenges rather than get­ting ever-more-in­tri­cate tat­toos?), he is ar­guably the most ex­cit­ing tal­ent the sport has seen since Ayr­ton Senna. The in­ter­view does noth­ing to change that opin­ion. While one Bri­tish world cham­pion is feted, an­other is fac­ing a nail­bit­ing ti­tle de­cider on the other side of the world this week­end. Read about Jen­son But­ton’s bid for the Ja­panese Su­per GT crown at this week­end’s Motegi show­down on p4.

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