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Lewis Hamilton: My Story

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Next year I will know the circuits, apart from the new ones – and they are street circuits so I love them anyway.

I have gained so much from driving and handling the car, set-up, tyre selection, strategy and the whole range of factors that can make a driver successful. It is rare for me during the season to get a decent period of time at my parents’ home to spend with Nic but we did have a few this year. It's worth it to read the passage about Nico Rosberg and other F1 racers that he continued racing against a decade latter but apart from that it's not that interesting. Just the ordinary things – like travelling all the time; packing bags, grabbing them and taking them with you; going to functions, meeting people; the crowds, the heavy schedule – all take their toll on your energy and strength after a while. My Story gives the real account from Lewis himself, as he sets the record straight about his colourful life on and off the track.Lewis's family was not that wealthy to participate in sports, but because of his father's hard work, he has come to this level. I may have been hit by mechanical problems, but I was beaten fair and square on the Interlagos track by Kimi and his Ferrari.

Nothing is left to chance, no stone left unturned, in pursuit of greater speed, efficiency and effectiveness in all areas of a racing team.Formula One is such a demanding and fast-moving business that it is easy to lose your own sense of direction sometimes. The book started out well, the usual outlining of family life when growing up that you would expect from a sports auto biog and some interesting tales; largely his dad building his Kart in the shed as a surprise and his early karting adventures with his dad, meeting Ron Dennis at the Autosport Awards and then almost being dropped from the McLaren academy due to a dispute regarding which direction he took his then F3 career were all interesting.

I felt proud of the way the team had come through a sometimes stormy, controversial year and I felt proud, too, of my family and all my friends and supporters who had helped me to get where I was, so close to the title in my first season. I would recommend a third-person biography of Lewis rather than this autobiography which did not suit the best when it was written and now, it has become entirely obsolete! One of the few bad days came when I had a big accident testing the new MP4-22 at Valencia in January before the season. The way Lewis spoke, how he shared and what he talked about - I could not help but appreciate that child like sense of wonder, excitement and desire to push yourself even more.He rose rapidly through the Junior and Formula ranks, dominating every series with his raw speed and canny race craft. After Brazil, I was asked if there was anything different I would do for next season given my experiences this year.

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