HAMILTON: SO MUCH MORE THAN A GREAT DRIVER
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.