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Hamilton doesn’t want a return to his “way too fast-paced life” when pandemic ends · RaceFans

Lewis Hamilton said the limitations the pandemic has forced upon his lifestyle made him realise he needs to take things more slowly in future.

The six-times world champion’s hectic lifestyle once saw him making regular transatlantic trips for a variety of appointments between races. Although this changed after he sold his private jet, Hamilton continues to fill his calendar with high-profile appointments when his break from racing allowed it.

But the need to avoid risk of exposure to Covid-19, and the consequences it might have on his health and very likely would have on his strong championship position, has forced Hamilton to adopt a much slower pace of life in 2020. He said the extra time spent at home and confined to his social bubble has given him an opportunity to reflect on his former lifestyle.

“I think this year has been a learning year with this pandemic,” said Hamilton. “I’ve definitely had a lot of time to myself, I’ve had a lot of time at home in my bubble.

“Which, on one side, has been not always the nicest. But then it gives you time to reflect and to really be present.”

He said that despite the disruption, he doesn’t want to return to living his life exactly as he did prior to 2020.

“I think in the past, life was just so fast. You’re bouncing from one race to the next, one event to the next. It was way too fast-paced a life. Even hopefully when this thing passes us, I don’t want to go back to how it was before.”

Hamilton said he wants to ensure his new priorities are reflected in his next contract with Mercedes, which he is in the process of negotiating with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff.

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“When I eventually get this contract in place, that will be a part of the discussion,” said Hamilton. “I think you’ve probably heard from Toto, he also realises during this time how time is something we can never get back and family is everything.”

Having equalled Michael Schumacher’s win record at the Eifel Grand Prix, Hamilton said that he would be taking time over the coming days to let the achievement sink in.

“I’m definitely going to take this next couple of days to try to really understand, just let it marinate. I think it’s very, very important because this moment will pass very quickly and we’ll be on to the next thing. And we know I’ve got a bad memory, so I’m going to try and somehow make it stick.”

However Hamilton said he will not relent in his pursuit of the 2020 championship, which he now leads by 69 points over team mate Valtteri Bottas.

“What I cannot do is drop the ball,” he said. “What I can not do is take my eye off the ball for for a second.

“Yes, I have a gap. Yes, we’ve got these great wins, but the championship is still to be won. The job is not done yet. So training will continue to be of importance. Diet will continue to be an important, getting the right sleep.”

He said that his work with FOM and the Hamilton Commission would also not be put on pause. “There’ll be a lot there’s still lots of conversations, the Zoom calls that I have with Formula 1 in terms of their plans. I’ve still got a lot of Commission calls that we continue to have every week. So I’ll be back in work mode.”

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