Mercedes F1 Driver Lewis Hamilton Reveals the Reason Behind His Love for Watches

Published 03/24/2021, 3:09 AM EDT
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP talks to the media on the podium after winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton is not only renowned for being an amazing F1 driver, but the seven-time world champion is also quite the well-known fashionista. The Mercedes superstar is often seen sporting some cool outfits and is also the brand ambassador for brands like Tommy Hilfiger and, more notably, IWC Schaffhausen.

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Most recently, Hamilton featured in an interview with the aforementioned Swiss watch brand, giving fans a bit of an insight into his love for watches.

The Silver Arrows driver revealed the reason behind his obsession for watches, retelling that the love story began at an early age.

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He said, “I’ve always been into mechanics to start. As a kid, I was always taking things apart and rebuilding them.

“When you look at one of these watches and there’s 500 pieces all put together by one person, the craftsmanship, I think, for me, is fascinating. Plus, the pieces are obviously tiny.”

However, that wasn’t all that he revealed. In the interview that was hosted by famous late night talk show host James Corden and which also featured NFL superstar Tom Brady, Hamilton went on to reveal the story about his first ever watch.

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The Mercedes driver said, “I remember my first watch was from Argos, in England, And the watch is like six pounds. I remember saving up for that watch.

“I went to school and I felt really proud. Used to wear it outside my blazer, and I thought that it elevated me.”

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY. Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship. F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

It was a nice story for fans to hear about Hamilton’s interests as a child. Perhaps this is why he’s so brilliant behind the wheel of an F1 car; maybe the fact that he loves mechanics helps him feel one with his F1 car.

And soon he will be driving on track again, the Mercedes W12, in Bahrain for the season opener on March 28th. Pre-season testing wasn’t all rainbows and unicorns, however.

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It may seem as though Mercedes have lost a step in performance due to the aero changes. It certainly does give Red Bull and Max Verstappen in particular a good chance to shoot for the title. Most pundits think that a thrilling season is on the way. But only time will tell if their optimistic predictions come true.

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Ronan Carvalho

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Ronan Carvalho is senior F1 author for Essentiallysports. Ronan is currently pursuing his Journalism degree from St. Xavier's College.

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