Lewis Hamilton to rid himself of 'distractions' for 2012 season
It has been an intense year for McLaren's Lewis Hamilton; however, he believes that he still has a great deal more to give to the sport during 2012...
Hamilton has recently told press that he intends to entirely immerse himself in Formula One during next season. He claims that he will 'live and breathe' motor racing, in order to attempt to recapture the form that saw him become the 2008 F1 world champion.
The 26-year-old Briton has had a tempestuous season, which has seen him having to deal with a number of incidents both on and off the racing track. Not only has Hamilton had to cope with a 'tough' break from his long term girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger, but he has been forced to come to terms with the deaths of his close friends Christian Bakkerud and Martine Hines.
Despite these tragedies, Hamilton has spoken in an open and optimistic manner about his future within the sport, saying: "I plan to eliminate everything else, not my family, but anything that can be a distraction,"
Speaking at the inaugural Indian Grand Prix over the weekend, Hamilton found himself speaking in vaguely philosophical terms about what the future had in store for him.
"Life is like a puzzle," commented the young McLaren driver. "You just have to get things in place.
"Formula 1 is a massively competitive sport where you have to have clear thoughts.
"You just have to live and breathe F1. There is no room for anything else," he added.
Critics have been tough on Hamilton over the course of this season, citing his inconsistency as his main weakness; it appears as though this is a view that Hamilton seems to share to certain extent.
“My season hasn't been the best of seasons, lots of ups and downs," he mused.
888Sport, BlueSQ and Sky Bet currently offer 9/2 odds that Lewis Hamilton will go on to win next season's F1 drivers' championship.