Three-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has brushed off criticism about his lifestyle, saying that he feels comfortable as a person both on and off-track.
Hamilton is widely regarded as being F1’s biggest name, enjoying a celebrity profile away from racing that complements his success in the series.
Hamilton’s off-track antics came under scrutiny towards the end of last year when he was involved in a car accident in Monaco after he celebrated winning a third championship.
Former boss Ron Dennis said that he would not have tolerated Hamilton’s lifestyle at McLaren, but the Briton remains adamant that his antics away from the track have no impact on his results.
“Everyone has their own way of working, but I’m certainly not taking it easy at the track or driving the car,” Hamilton told German publication Auto Motor und Sport.
“I haven’t got to be a triple world champion just through luck. There’s a reason I can [have] that number of race wins. I prepare at home before in my room, or on the flight.
“Do I enjoy my life? Absolutely. You can call it as you want. All people are different. It’s good when a character is unique.
“There are still far too many people who think that they have to adapt to be accepted.
“The more people who break out of this bubble and find themselves, the better.”