Media day at Istanbul Park is facing the tightest point in the fight for the 2021 championship. As one of the protagonists, Lewis Hamilton confronted the media ahead of the Turkish GP while she has a two-points-lead over Max Verstappen on the WDC standings.
The Briton expressed he is certainly not stressed thinking about the battle that’s being held with Max Verstappen to be crowned in the category. Hamilton says he “genuinely finds it easy” to keep the pressure at the proper level.
“I have these other outlets so I’m able to blow off steam in lots of different ways. The most important thing is always to be able to come back into the racing environment fresh, recovered, positive and not really having any worries.”
“So I think I’m able to arrive and just love doing my job. So we just take it one weekend at a time and one race at a time, just always trying to elevate. I’ve spent plenty of time speaking to the team about how we can advance and improve but I’ve been doing this a long time so I’ve found ways personally,” said the 36-years-old driver.
“What works for me personally won’t work for everyone but I’ve found a way that I know how I tick, what gets me on course and what can put me off course, so I stick to them.”
“It’s not a case of ignore the pressure because it’s there, but it’s the understanding that what will be will be. All you can do is prepare the best way you can, all you can do is give it 100 percent and what’s coming up is coming up. So I just don’t worry about those things.”
“I’ve been very fortunate in the past. I’ve had lots of ups and downs but I’ve had an amazing time, a lot of growth, so I just don’t worry about ‘what if?’”
“I just try and prepare for now. That means making sure I’ve done the work with the guys at the factory, with Bono and the team, and then ultimately let me enjoy it. Just go out there and enjoy it."
Hamilton, who has attended the Met Gala for Fashion Week several times, including the 2021 edition, arrived in a particular outfit to first action day at the paddock. Then, opened a topic of discussion to the media speaking on how F1’s lacking fashion culture makes the category a place where it’s difficult to express different personalities in different ways.
“I go through all these different images online and find things that I like.”
“Anyone can wear whatever they want. There will be people that don't understand it, but that's okay. Hopefully they'll eventually go through the opening their mind phase and let people be who they want to be.”
“It's a much different world naturally to F1,” he said. “F1's obviously not focused on that and it's obviously very corporate. There is no fashion, actually, in F1.”
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“I always felt like it was always a place that it wasn't easy to be yourself. And when I went to a fashion show, when you're in a fashion week for example, you're surrounded by people from all different walks of life, expressing themselves in different ways.”
“I love being able to separate from the sport, and the intensity of this whole season is difficult for everyone that's at the track.”
“So to be able to have something else, another outlet, that you can focus on helps take the weight off it,” the World Champion concluded.