Lewis Hamilton has opened up on how he feels about his success in Formula 1, admitting that it is a “short-lived” feeling.
Hamilton stands as the most successful F1 driver in the sport’s history, holding the record for most pole positions, race wins and podiums.
He is currently tied with Michael Schumacher on seven World Championships, with a bulk of the Briton’s success coming in the 2010s with the Mercedes team.
Speaking to the On Purpose with Jay Shetty podcast, Hamilton outlined the “emotional rollercoaster” that he has endured during his career.
“Success is so short-lived. You win a race then go home,” he said.
“It is so intense, a stressful environment for everyone working in it. Then you go home and there is a huge come-down for one or two days later.
“Trying to balance those emotions? That emotional rollercoaster? Figuring out ways to keep it balanced is key for me.”
In recent years, Hamilton has used his F1 platform to advocate for matters close to him, such as equality and increasing the diversity of the motorsport workforce.
Hamilton says that through his activism, he’s able to strike a balance between the emotions of F1 and his personal life.
“It is about the bigger picture. I am fighting for something greater than winning a race. I am fighting to change the world,” Hamilton commented.
“I can’t watch the news. There are people out there doing really great things – I want to be a part of that inspirational bubble.
“Look how bad our leaders are in government! We need to inspire a next generation of thought leaders.
“I am trying to learn new tools that I didn’t have when I was a kid – I didn’t have yoga, meditation, podcasts!”
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