Lewis Hamilton also has quite a busy life outside of Formula 1, which, according to former world champion Damon Hill, is a sign that he maintains a good work-life balance. The seven-time world champion is committed to diversity, but also works in the fields of music, fashion and the environment.
Edge issues could be distracting, but Damon Hill believes those interests are good for Sir Lewis, he tells the F1 Nation podcast. Getting away from the pulse-pounding title fight can work in favor of the defending world champion. This way he can recharge for a race weekend. “I think Lewis creates space for himself in which he can get away from Formula 1 for a while, because if everything is constantly about Formula 1 you can just run into a burnout,” says Hill.
That other seven-time world champion
Hill has seen legend Michael Schumacher up close and sees differences compared to Hamilton. “There were times when Schumacher was in tears because of the pressure that was on his shoulders,” Hill says. “It can really wreck you mentally, you really need a good balance in your life to deal with that. Of course Lewis worked hard for it, but Mercedes and team boss Toto Wolff also helped with this,” concludes Hill.
The 1996 world champion can also tell from personal experience that getting away from the sport works best: “One of my best performances was in Spa 1998, it is no coincidence that this was right after the summer break. I had a good time in Spain with the playing watercraft and having a lot of fun. When I got back I was much fresher and not unimportant, I drove a lot better too.”