Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton is content with life and finds himself in a “good place:” which allows him to raise his game even when he does not have the best car at his disposal.
The five-time F1 World Champion is enjoying his best ever start to the season, in seven races he has won five times and finished second in the other two.
As a result, he is romping away to his sixth title with the only challenge his teammate who has been well. But right now the Finn is well and truly shelved despite a feisty start to his season.
Speaking to MN is the wake of the Candian Grand Prix weekend, Hamilton said, “I’m happy where I am in life, I have my health, and the people around me. That’s all down to lifestyle, and life choices.”
“I take a lot of pride in my work and particularly my track record of not making mistakes. I’ve managed to get myself in a really good place, and really delivering minimum faults, mistakes on race weekend and races.”
An “innocent mistake” in FP2 on Friday in Montreal failed to derail him, “A small hiccup on Friday but I was able to pull it back on Saturday, and then throughout the weekend.”
“What I can say is my races have been really, really strong, really consistent, and even weekends where we’ve not had the car to really win, I’ve been able to put it right there with the frontrunners.”
“My goal on a race weekend is obviously to do the best that I can do for the team, but it’s also to really extract above and beyond. If you can be an all-round driver, you work well outside of the car and particularly to pull these things out that others are perhaps not always able to pull together, it makes your value go up.”
Hamilton is the hot favourite for this year’s title, as Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel have simply imploded and have yet to win a race despite having a car with more top speed, as was illustrated on the drag-strip straights that make up the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
“Last year I hit that sweet spot at some point during the season,” recalled the Mercedes driver. “And started being really, really consistent. The races have been really strong, as last year, and I’ve not really dropped the ball in that sense, I’ve not dropped off.”
“Whether or not we’re quickest on the weekend I’ve still got to do the job and deliver. I’m hoping that the rest of the year continues,” added Hamilton who heads to round eight of the championship in France leading the championship standings by 29 points from Bottas and 62 points ahead of Vettel.
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