Lewis Hamilton, recently crowned Formula One world champion for the fourth time, has revealed what it takes to be at the top. He also named the great champions that he looks up to and gets inspired from.
Hamilton finished 9th at the Mexican Grand Prix almost two weeks ago to join an elite group of all-time greats, including Juan Manuel Fangio, Alain Prost, Michael Schumacher and Sebastian Vettel, who have also won the world title on four or more occasions.
Last season, Hamilton lost the title to Nico Rosberg despite finishing 2016 strong by winning the last four races. This year, however, the Brit has dominated and secured the top spot with two races to go.
In an interview with Spanish publication AS, Hamilton stressed upon the importance of a calm state mind at the very top and revealed he particularly admires how tennis stars Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal handle the weight of expectation.
“When you look at the great champions of tennis or golf you realise that mental power is everything. It is the mind that controls what you do," Hamilton said.
"Stars like Nadal or Federer are an example for everyone and I try to inspire myself in what they do.”
The champion also talked about his Ferrari rival, Sebastian Vettel, who was his main threat to challenge for the Formula One crown.
A lot has been said about their relationship, but Hamilton made it clear that there are no issues at all.
“My relationship with Vettel is correct, we are not twenty years old, we are adult men," he admitted.
“If I think of Sebastian, I know what he has done in recent years, I know how it is and what his strengths and weaknesses are, and I also know the strengths and weaknesses of his car.”
Finally, the 32-year-old also stressed the importance of positive thinking to achieve success.
Hamilton continued: “Now I try to eliminate everything harmful, regardless of what they write or say.
“I have managed to make myself a barrier to combat negativity because I am convinced that love and positivity can win everything and everyone."