‘Workaholic’ Lewis Hamilton relishing the start of the Formula One season as he looks to defend his crown
- Lewis Hamilton eagerly anticipating the start of the Formula One season
- Hamilton, who called himself a ‘workaholic’, is looking to control his crown
- The 34-year-old is gearing up for his 13th season in Formula One
Lewis Hamilton is relishing being back at work as Formula One’s reigning world champion prepares to defend his crown.
The Mercedes star is this year bidding to win his sixth title, and move to within only one of Michael Schumacher’s record haul.
Unlike in recent seasons, however, Hamilton has not arrived in Melbourne for the sport’s traditional curtain raiser as the bookmakers’ favourite to win the championship.
Lewis Hamilton is seeking to retain his crown as Formula One’s world champion
Indeed, after an impressive eight days of winter testing in Barcelona, it is Hamilton’s Ferrari rival, Sebastian Vettel, who will seemingly start the campaign as the driver to beat.
Hamilton, who turned 34 at the beginning of the year, is gearing up for his 13th season in F1 and – following the retirement of Fernando Alonso – is now behind only Kimi Raikkonen in terms of grands prix appearances of the sport’s current crop.
Yet, the Englishman, who kept a low profile during the off-season, pointed to his extracurricular activities away from the race track, notably the recent launch of his second Tommy Hilfiger fashion range in Berlin, as a reason why he heads into the forthcoming campaign as motivated as ever.
Hamilton, who described himself as a workaholic, is relishing being back at work
‘I have just come off my break and while I got to do a lot of things that I wanted to do, I have missed working,’ he said.
‘I am a workaholic.
‘I love working with people and I feel as soon as I get back to work, I am living my purpose.
‘Yes, there are things around the job that I could happily not do because I just want to go racing.
‘I don’t struggle with the motivation for that. But, if I didn’t have the other things in my life, maybe that would be a different story.
‘I am fortunate, however, that I have these other projects. I love going to fashion shows, and being involved in the collection with Tommy Hilfiger. It is awesome.’
Hamilton is gearing up for his 13th season in Formula One and remains hugely enthusiastic
Hamilton held the upper hand over Vettel last year and in 2017, winning back-to-back championships with two rounds to spare.
Mercedes, meanwhile, are chasing a record sixth driver and constructors’ championship double.
But on the eve of this weekend’s race, Hamilton’s Mercedes boss Toto Wolff warned: ‘Last year, we had to give it absolutely everything to come out on top, but from what we have learned so far, this year will be even tougher.
‘It will push us to our limits – and that’s an exciting prospect for every single one of us. We’re ready for the fight.’
Lewis Hamilton was speaking at the launch of the new range of PETRONAS Syntium with CoolTech at PETRONAS’ state-of-the-art Global Research & Technology Centre in Turin, Italy.