Lewis Hamilton hailed Tom Brady’s achievements and discussed the lesson of running ‘a car like a machine’
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Lewis Hamilton has spoken of the lessons he learnt from Tom Brady and the lessons learned as a Formula One champion.
Hamilton won his fifth world championship this year, with only Michael Schumacher having amassed more. Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the world championship. Photograph: Shaun Botterill/Getty Images
The pair compete in sports which are both based on speed and the drivers are big names across a range of sectors, from the radio coding behind the scenes to the sponsorship deals and event schedules.
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Writing in an article in the Daily Mail, Hamilton said: “I learnt a lot from watching Tom.
“I used to drive a sports car like a manual. I like to drive a car like a machine. At the start of the season I was debating whether I should change the gear box and I think a lot of the guys felt it was something I should have to change. That’s just the type of person I am. I’m passionate. When I get into my car I get the most out of it.”
Hamilton is renowned for being an engaging and media-friendly individual, unlike his rival and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg, who was keen to keep a low profile during the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
The Briton compared his approach with that of his Formula One team-mate, and said: “He didn’t change the TV channel from the channel he used to watch at the weekend.”
He said his goal was to “keep it simple” and “get on with it”, which was the equivalent of doing that “work on the plane” when he had to catch up with his schedule with the rest of the world outside the F1 circus.
Hamilton talked about running the “engineering portions” of a race as “the engineering is the driving” and the training that the world drivers did before the race.
Lewis Hamilton talks to the media after winning at Silverstone. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
He also spoke about the importance of being a family man, and said that when he won the title, after racing for so long, he needed his family with him.
“What was really important in my life at that time was that I got to celebrate the whole thing with my family,” he said. “Because I wasn’t home with them when I could normally be with them.
“Being a team leader, it wasn’t easy to be with them every single time but at the end of the day it’s been a great journey.”
He added: “This will always be our job. It’s just that you have to remember your friends and family when you have to go away on some big occasion.”
Hamilton says he learned that when he was younger, “when the alarm goes off and you can’t sleep, the next thing you know you’re driving like you’re on a machine – that’s when you’re on top of the world”.
On the idea of ever becoming a multi-sport star he said: “That’s never going to happen, never. If I was a single sportman I’d say yes, but racing has its own ups and downs – in between being on top of the world and slipping back a little bit is part of the process.
“As a father and husband, that’s part of life. I guess you learn a lot of lessons along the way. I don’t know if I would ever stop racing completely.”