Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has often come under the scanner by critics for his off-track activity. The 6-time world champion confessed that it is normal for a sportsperson to “buckle a little bit” under scrutiny.
It is no secret that the 34-year old’s lifestyle away from the track has polarised fans. In addition to that, he has taken up the call to increase climate awareness and go vegan. He has been unapologetic for just being himself and insisted that he is unaffected by the criticism.
“Most of the time, I wear my heart on my sleeve, so it was an emotional post, which is not always good to do. It just felt like I was banging my head against the wall and not gaining ground,” he told the BBC.
“There is a lot of push-back on a lot of things I do and a lot of questioning of everything I do and say. You live your life under a magnifying glass.”
“And the pressure for anyone that’s in the limelight…. we’re only human, so at some stage, you’re going to buckle a little bit.”
He even quoted a bit of Rocky, has said that it was not about how you fall, but how you get back up. Lewis Hamilton insisted that he turned all the negativity aimed at him, to a positive.
“I just understand it’s just the way of life but the fact that is the way it is doesn’t make it any easier,” he said.
“I would say I have a very complex life, I’m sure we all have complex lives but I can’t talk about absolutely how complex it is. I am trying to be more open about that, as you’ll see on my social media, but there is a line where it’s the limit and for me personally that one there was slightly over the limit.”
He revealed that he has no regrets as he believes in the people who follow him on his journey. Lewis Hamilton also admitted that ‘showing vulnerability’ is not always a bad thing, as it’s part of being a human being.