Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Lewis Hamilton

lewis hamilton.jpg
lewis hamilton.jpg

We don’t think the phrase ‘squeaky bum time’ applies to Formula 1, not with all that sitting down… just imagine. But there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s now the business end of the grand prix season. Thankfully, Lewis Hamilton found time to give us the lowdown on his behind-the-scenes preparation that will hopefully one day propel him to another world title, and a possible third cover of ShortList. Just saying, Lewis…

What specific exercises give you the edge as an F1 driver?

There’s nothing special, it’s just hard work and dedication. For me, it’s about maintaining that motivation; it’s about getting up every morning – even if it’s been a bad weekend – and training hard, turning negatives into positives.

Do you follow a strict training programme?

I like to be spontaneous. But my trainer will have set things he wants to achieve and have a plan for the week.

What about being cooped up in the car for so long – is there anything you do to prepare for that?

Your neck has to be very strong, which is not normal for most sports, so you have to build its strength up.

How do you achieve that?

I put a helmet on and lift weights.

Can you prepare for the intense concentration needed in a race?

I can’t have a lot of crap going on in my life, then go out and perform. You have to have balance in your life.

What about the mental preparation required to maintain your self-belief?

That’s easy, I’ve always had belief in myself, I know I can drive. It’s all the other stuff that you have to focus on.

Do you have to watch your weight?

You do, but I have a fast metabolism. As long as I don’t have a gut, I’m safe.

Do you watch what you eat?

It depends how intense you go. Sometimes I can’t wait to visit my parents for a roast dinner.

What’s the biggest sacrifice you have to make to stay in shape?

Time. My girlfriend visits me and instead of waking up and going to do something together, I go off training.

What keeps you motivated when you’re training?

The thought of winning, succeeding, competing, being the best.

So all the sacrifices you make are worth it for that goal?

It’s difficult to prove you’re the best. There are people with a great car who are seen as the best, but you know if it came down to pure competition in the same equipment, you’d destroy them.

Do you ever work out with Jenson Button or any of the other F1 drivers?

No.

So you wouldn’t ever get competitive with them in the gym?

Well, I’ve got my trainer. I don’t mingle with any of the other drivers. I train with my friends.

Do you listen to music when you’re training?

Yeah, DJ Khaled’s new album Kiss The Ring is a good one. It has a mixture of Lil Wayne, Kanye West, Nas and lots of different artists.

How do you get around the monotony of training?

I mix it up. I’ve just started climbing. I do hiking, skiing, jet-skiing, swimming, water-skiing, squash and tennis. If you do the same stuff, it becomes boring.

Vodafone McLaren Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was out and about in London meeting fans for a Vodafone VIP online film. Visit YouTube.com/VodafoneUK

(Image: Rex Features)

Related

Lewis Hamilton with Joe - Shortlist.JPG

ShortList races Lewis Hamilton

jenson-button-training.png

Jenson Button

More

Sergio Ramos just mercilessly destroyed Lionel Messi

Best in the world? Go fetch mate

by Carl Anka
17 Aug 2017

The 25 best forgotten Premier League goals of all time

Sorry, but these are all better than that Bergkamp goal

by Tom Victor
15 Aug 2017

The Premier League could make the transfer change we've all been after

Fi-na-lly

by Tom Victor
15 Aug 2017

This ref-cam video from Real Madrid's recent game is very, very cool

Shows just how impossible their job is

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

Mo Farah is ditching his name for his new career as a marathon runner

Retiring from track and retiring his name

by Tom Victor
14 Aug 2017

The 50 greatest José Mourinho quotes

Not short of self-confidence

by Tom Victor
11 Aug 2017

Which new Premier League signings will flop this season?

Who'll be a hit and who will be shit?

by Sam Diss
11 Aug 2017

Brutally honest stereotypes about every Premier League team's fans

Who are ya? Who are ya? Who are ya?

by Sam Diss
10 Aug 2017

You have to watch this astonishing 15-second own goal

The other team doesn't even touch the ball

by Tom Victor
10 Aug 2017

We got Michael Owen to review the few movies he’s ever finished

"Didn’t like Rocky I, it’s rubbish"

by Alex Christian
10 Aug 2017