Resilient Hamilton just wants to be himself

Fri Jul 3, 2015 8:15pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SILVERSTONE, England (Reuters) - The hardest moment, the ultimate test have been overcome already and whatever else the season throws at Lewis Hamilton, the double Formula One world champion feels more than equipped to handle it.

In an interview with British reporters ahead of his home grand prix this weekend, the 30-year-old Mercedes driver spoke of his mental resilience and determination to be himself despite criticism of his lifestyle.

Hamilton's long-term relationship with American singer Nicole Scherzinger ended before the season started and on track there was the bitter blow of losing in Monaco due to a pitstop blunder.

"I don’t really know how I’ve done it. It’s not that it’s been easy. It was very, very tough in that period of time," he said.

"I was just determined not to let (the breakup) get in the way of what I’m here to do, which is win races and championships.

"I understand the opportunity that was ahead of me and I just did everything that I could to stay on it. It’s been wobbly. It’s not been easy, but I’m grateful that I’ve stayed on course."

In past seasons, Hamilton might have reacted differently but now he has learned to "cope with the negatives." Monaco was a case in point.

Leading comfortably from pole position, he saw the victory evaporate after being called in for a needless pitstop and finished third.   Continued...

Formula One - F1 - British Grand Prix 2015 - Silverstone, England - 3/7/15
Mercedes Lewis Hamilton of Britain is interviewed by media
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