Lewis Hamilton has revealed he has given up alcohol as he wants to change his fortunes in F1.
The Stevenage-born racer is one of the best competitors in the entire history of the sport, having won seven Formula One titles in his career so far.
However, since missing out on an eighth title to Max Verstappen in 2021, he has struggled to keep pace with the Red Bull star.
Last year too, Hamilton had missed out on winning the crown from his 25-year-old rival.
Lewis Hamilton has struggled to challenge Max Verstappen for F1 supremacy this season
And Verstappen has been dominant this season too, with the Red Bull star winning 17 major races so far.
Hamilton has recently launched a new non-alcohol tequila drink, with the Brit expanding its empire off the grid.
Speaking to Vogue, the 38-year-old revealed he has gone sober as he tries to get back to his best form.
When asked about going out at night, he said, “I will have to suffer for several days – sometimes it will be as much as three or four days.”
“I’m always looking for how do you get that extra one percent?
“As an athlete, you’re always doing that.
“There is pressure [to drink] Within a social setting.
“You have one shot where it’s like, ‘Hey, why did I do that?’ When you come home.
“I was like, wow, it’s kind of crazy how much pressure I feel.
“And I realized, how can I feel the pressure at 38? Imagine being an 18-year-old.”
Hamilton said: “The truth is that alcohol doesn’t help it [the pressure],
“I don’t know if I’ll drink again.
“Since I stopped drinking, I feel so much better, so much more clarity.
“I sleep better, wake up earlier in the morning and I can still get up at 5 a.m.”
While the F1 season is almost over – with only two races left – Hamilton has shown signs of improvement over the past few weeks.
He finished second at the US Grand Prix, although he was later disqualified for illegal floor running.
Hamilton recovered from that disappointment with a strong performance in Mexico, where he also finished second.
And while Mercedes faced a tough time at last weekend’s Brazilian Grand Prix, there is new optimism that they can bounce back at the Las Vegas GP on November 19.
However, Hamilton admitted after that race that he expected Verstappen and Red Bull to continue their dominance going forward.
“At the end of the day, I can just try to stay optimistic,” he said.
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“Red Bull is very far ahead, and I think they’ll probably be very clear in the next few years.”
Of his race in Brazil he said: “I knew it would be a tough day, nothing changed in the car[fromtheSprintandinthatIdrovethroughthetyres[स्प्रिंटसेऔरउसमेंमैंनेटायरोंकेमाध्यमसेखालिया।[fromtheSprintandinitIatethroughthetyres
“My guess is the floor wasn’t working, it’s something we rely on and it led us to go to the higher rear-wing, which is quite a drag on the straightaway.
“We were losing too much time on the straights and there was nothing I could do about it and then we were slipping in the corners – so we had to look at why that was.
“Ultimately, it is a setback, but as a team, we will come together and try to move forward.
“There will be a lot of analysis this week and I’m sure there will be things where we’ll be: ‘We probably should have done this, it would have been a little bit better’, but ultimately, the car didn’t do it for some reason it’s not working. , and that’s just the way it is.”