Lewis Hamilton talks family, racing nerves and dealing with his celebrity status in an exclusive interview with Sir David Frost to be broadcast on Al Jazeera English this?Friday, 16 August 2013. The Formula 1 racing driver gives Sir David extraordinary insights into his home life, growing up, and the break-up of his parents? marriage. ?He discusses his love of speed, his entry into racing and F1, becoming world champion and the impact that has had on his life.
Sir-David-Frost-Lewis-HamiltonOn his early life?
Lewis talks to Sir David frankly about his early life and the split of his parents` marriage. ?”Growing up, it was not that easy to, and still today, actually split yourself between two families. It?s never been that easy.” Lewis talks about how special his step mother Linda is ? but that his real mother Carmen is and “will always be that special woman in my life.”
On his dad
Of his dad Anthony, who has encouraged him all his life to pursue his racing driver dream, he has nothing but praise. “I wouldn?t be here without my dad,” he says. ” He’s been the driving force in my whole career.” ?He says his dad even encouraged him to “never give up” when he went in the boxing ring and fought a boy twice his size!
On getting nervous
Lewis admits to even having nerves when he?s racing today. “This whole trying to control your nerves is such a challenge ? even today I still have nerves. ?If I don?t have those nerves, it means I?m not prepared. “
Looking back at the extraordinary drive in Brazil, where only a daredevil overtake on the last lap earned him the extra point he needed to become world champion, Lewis is modest, telling Sir David: “I was just very, very lucky? I overtook him with 17 seconds to go, so I was very, very lucky. ?Very fortunate.”
On changing his signature
It was this win that changed Lewis?s life. ?He was about to become one of the world?s most famous people. ?”My life just completely just turned. ?My world turned upside down. ?People were all of a sudden interested in me.” ?He even tells Sir David he?s had to change his signature, to make it shorter and quicker to write. “I just have Lewis now, where before I had L Hamilton.”
On the dangers of F1
Lewis is very honest?on the dangers of F1: ?danger is part of what is the sport is all about. ?”It definitely is dangerous and I?m glad that it still has that danger factor to it, because that?s what makes it so exciting. ? That?s what separates us from you know any other sport.”
On switching from MacLaren to Mercedes
Lewis tells Sir David how difficult the decision was to move?from MacLaren, where Lewis had been nurtured over many years, to Mercedes AMG. ?”I?ve been a part of that family for such a long period of time, since I was 13. And to think about leaving there, it?s like leaving home, so it?s not easy to leave home. Home cooking and people that you know. ?People you’re comfortable with. ?So making that choice was pretty tough.”
Mercedes team boss?Ross Brawn?tells Sir David about attracting Lewis to join the team. “When the time comes that you’re going to change a driver, you start to look at the best that?s available? It was an obvious objective to try and get Lewis to drive for the team.”
Lewis later tells Sir David how much of a difference it has made to him. “I can honestly say I feel just so invigorated. So It?s so refreshing to be somewhere new.”
Sir David lives through the tyres fiasco that dominated Lewis?s weekend at Silverstone: ?and sees for himself the victory celebrations in Nico Rosberg?s garage, next-door to the more muted post-race discussions in Lewis?s own garage.
On dropping his dad as manager
Sir David also talks to Lewis about the time when he had to tell his dad Anthony he no longer wanted him to be his manager. ?Opening up to Sir David, he says it has helped their father-son relationship. “I wanted to go back to the time where we were just father and son, go karting you know. ?Having fun. Enjoying, enjoying ourselves? We?re now starting to have that father-son relationship, where you know we go bowling together. ?We go on holiday together and we have more to talk about and none of it?s business.”
On a second world championship?
Lewis continues to look for that second world championship. ?He tells Sir David he will keep working towards it. ?”I hope there’s a world championship somewhere ahead. ?That?s what I?m working for every year… ?That?s why I train so much over the winter. That?s why I wake up every day and train. ?That?s why I put so much effort into travelling and that?s why you sacrifice so many small things, certain things in your life, and so you know I hope at some stage I get that second world championship.”
Lewis tells Sir David how he is looking to improve in himself. “I?m glad there is still plenty for me to learn. There are still better ways that I can communicate with people. There are still better ways that I can manage relationships. There are still better ways that I can behave.”
On fatherhood
Lewis even reveals a special dream: to be a dad.
Sir David Frost: ?”And obviously there are other excitements in store, like children. You’d like to have children presumably?”
Lewis: `Yeah, definitely. I love kids. I love kids.”


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