Lewis: I'm in the best job in the world
PUBLISHED: 16:35 25 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009
TEWIN race ace Lewis Hamilton has described being a Formula 1 driver as the best job in the world . Despite a punishing schedule across Europe in the coming months, the 23-year-old Herts motor racer feels he is in the dream position with McLaren. Hamilt
TEWIN race ace Lewis Hamilton has described being a Formula 1 driver as "the best job in the world".
Despite a punishing schedule across Europe in the coming months, the 23-year-old Herts motor racer feels he is in the dream position with McLaren.
Hamilton will visit at least 10 countries during the hectic 20 week European leg of the F1 World Championship.
However, he takes all the travelling in his stride, as he explained.
"I'm very fortunate in that I have what I regard to be the best job in the world," he said.
"I get to race the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula 1 car for a living!
"To do that takes me round the world. Yes, there are a lot of journeys, a lot of different Hilton hotels to stay in, I'm rarely in one place for more than a week at a time, but I'm doing my dream job and all this is an integral part of that.
"It is important to be somewhere comfortable and familiar so you just relax into it and it becomes a home away from home.
"There is so much going on when you are at the track, it is crucial when you go back to your hotel in the evening to have the space and a good atmosphere to allow you to prepare both mentally and physically for the race."
Despite being away from home a lot, Hamilton is wired for sound and likes to chill to music while on the road.
He said: "To relax I always have my music, it is an important part of my life and really helps me to switch off.
"I couldn't name you any tune in particular, it depends on my mood.
"I might put some Bob Marley on, some Jay-Z, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, 2Pac.
"When I get into my Hilton hotel room, the first thing I do is switch my tunes on."
Hamilton is staying at the Hilton Diagonal Mar Barcelona this weekend.
"It's great for getting into the track, it's close to the sea, which is always very relaxing and helps focus your mind," said Lewis.
"When I checked in on Wednesday, a tiny Spanish kid in our mini overalls came up to me and asked me for my autograph. He was a pretty cool dude."
The Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalyuna takes place in Barcelona on Sunday.
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