Top 107 Lewis Hamilton Quotes

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“The way I drive, the way I handle a car, is an expression of my inner feelings.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“On my back, I have the cross and angel wings: rise above it, no matter what life throws at you. And also, you know, Jesus rose from the grave.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Going for a really long run, a bike ride, or cross-country skiing helps me get away from all the noise. I tell myself, ‘The pain you’re feeling, just enjoy it because it’s going to help you across that finish line first.’ If you’re having a crap day, go for a run. It makes a big difference.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I don’t believe I have a playboy life.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Everyone has complicated lives, but the more you can simplify it and make it work for you, the better it is going to be.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“You can knock me down, but I get up twice as strong.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m an extremist so I’m either hated or loved. I think it’s down to when I first got to Formula One not always knowing what I was saying, saying things that mean one thing but people were taking the other way and then people don’t forget.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I don’t aspire to be like other drivers – I aspire to be unique in my own way.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I think my style is definitely urban chic. I love mixing street style with the high-end luxury brands, like Gucci, for example. Quite fun.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I certainly lead a different life from many people. I have a great life that I am thankful for, and I like travelling.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I feel like people are expecting me to fail; therefore, I expect myself to win.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Every person I have met who has gone vegan says it is the best decision they have ever made.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“There have been some ups and downs. I’ve not always had it my own way. That’s the way racing is supposed to be.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“You just need to be accepted for who you are and be proud of who you are and that is what I’m trying to do.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I really like to play to squash, because it’s competitive, and I like basketball. I’m friends with a guy in L.A. called Andrew Bynum, who used to play for the L.A. Lakers NBA team. We play together sometimes.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I feel equal to Mexicans, Asians, everyone. That’s the kind of positive message I want to get out.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I have the best job in the world.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I like taking risks. I like trying new things, whether it be style or restaurants or whatever.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Every lap is different.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I enjoy trying to develop a car and Mercedes are one of the biggest car manufacturers in the world.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Nothing can really prepare you for when you get in the Formula One car. Knowing that you’re driving a multimillion-dollar car, and if you crash it it’s going to cost a lot of money, and they might not give you another chance, is scary.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m just super competitive. Squash, tennis, water skiing, computer games… Even if I played you at pool, I’d have to win.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Racing is what I love, so it’s pretty simple. I want to keep doing it and keep winning.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“What people tend to forget is the journey that I had getting to Formula One. There were plenty of years where I had to learn about losing and having bad races.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“It’s a pretty cool feeling to be the person to knock down a barrier – just like the Williams sisters did in tennis or Tiger Woods in golf.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I have always wanted to learn the piano, but because I travel so much, I can never get any consistency of lessons. So everywhere I go, if I can find a piano, even if it is in the lobby of a hotel or something, I go on YouTube and pick some songs to learn.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Working with kids is something I really enjoy doing – that’s why I also do work with UNICEF.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I was younger, all of my family’s money went into racing. We were never a stylish family. We never went shopping, because all the money went into buying tires and fuel and all of that.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I love it in the States. The roads are big, the food is big. If it was possible to be in L.A. and still live my racing life, I would move now.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“As a driver, you’ve always got to believe in your heart that you’ve got what it takes to win it. You’ve always got to believe in yourself. You’ve always got to arrive on the day and believe it can happen. You’ve always got to believe in the positives.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“You save most fuel by lifting and coasting in the heavy braking zones at the end of long straights into slow corners.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“My dad wanted me to have a better life than he had ever had. He wanted us to succeed so badly. And I never wanted to let him down.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m keen on hiking. And in Monaco, I also like water skiing, wakeboarding, and jet-skiing, which are all pretty good for your arms, legs, and core stability.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“My job is to get into the car and drive as fast and as well as possible.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“F1 is about the best drivers competing against each other for the best teams producing the best cars they can.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“If I don’t travel, if I stay at home for a week, I would go out of my mind. That is just the way I am. I love to be on the move, and I am fortunate that I have friends all over the world.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“If Ferrari wanted me, they would have approached me. I want to work with people who want me. If they don’t want me, it is no problem.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Ayrton Senna was an incredible legend who will be remembered and admired forever.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Fashion is a growing love that probably started when I got into my 20s.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Whether it’s with my engineers in the team, my home life, or my friends, I don’t like things to get complicated – and one good example would be the steering wheel in my Mercedes Formula 1 car.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m happy to race against anyone.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“It’s important for everyone to stand up for what they believe in.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m willing to take any amount of pain to win.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I think about greatness I just know Ayrton Senna. He was great.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When you get out of the car after the feeling that you have after leading the race, and the car fails, it’s pretty hard to say positive things all the time.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“There are times when you are growing through experiences, but sometimes there is a point of diminishing returns in terms of growth.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I think every single win, every single pole has felt new and different in its own way. I’ve not got bored of it.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Each championship has felt different in its own way, I guess because I’ve been in different place of my life; I’ve gone through different things.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“The Hamilton name will live on way beyond me now, which I’m very happy to be a part of.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Number one is a great thing, and I’ll always know that I’m number one, but 44 is my favourite number, so I want to keep it on the car.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Music’s been a huge passion of mine since I was really young. I started playing guitar when I was thirteen.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Tupac is my favorite artist, and he had mad style.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Formula 1 is about running to the maximum.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I first started in Formula 1, I tried to ignore the fact I was the first black guy ever to race in the sport. But, as I’ve got older, I’ve really started to appreciate the implications.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I get kids from all different cultures and nationalities coming up to me now, all wanting to be F1 drivers. They feel the sport is open to everyone.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“My immediate family are from the West Indies – from Trinidad and Grenada – and I have relatives all over the Caribbean.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Everyone loves a winner. That’s just how the world is. And Ayrton Senna was one of the greatest winners this sport has ever had.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I started watching Formula 1 with my dad when I was just four or five years old. I loved cars.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“People say I have an aggressive style, and sometimes I don’t think that is all just me. I think it’s partly because I watched Senna when I was young, and I thought, ‘This is how I want to drive when I get the opportunity.’”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I usually sleep four or five hours, but when you are training, you need more than that.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When you’re driving on a normal track, you can see the braking point from 500 m. away.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“People might not know, but F1 drivers have new helmets made throughout the season. Usually, the design is the same, but I like to do something special for Monaco.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I am a motorbike fanatic – always have been. It’s actually what I wanted to do before I got into motor racing.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I was a kid and Christmas was coming up, my dad would ask me what I wanted, and I always said a motorbike. I kept asking for one, and he said it was too dangerous and bought me a go-kart instead.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Despite the name, ‘lift and coast’ does not mean cruising. You’re trying to be as fast as you can, and you’re still going through the corner on the limit, but you have to approach the corner slightly differently; otherwise, you won’t make the end of the race.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“All in all, racing with lift and coast is actually harder.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Since I started driving in F1 in 2006-07, the cars have got slower and easier to drive.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I was really young, I busted my nose when I was racing. The first thing my dad asked me was: ‘Are you OK?’ I said, ‘Can you fix the car for tomorrow?’ And I won the race the next day.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Sometimes it takes time to find people in the sport who share the same opinions and approach to racing as me.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I have spent a lot of time in Italy throughout my career – especially when I was karting, because it’s kind of the world centre of that sport – and I love it.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I was a kid, I used to play a game called ‘Grand Prix Two.’ Interlagos was always the first race of the season on that, and I never really got much past the second race. I would always restart the season, so I always seemed to be doing Interlagos – it was a real pain!”

― Lewis Hamilton

“My daily breakfast is two poached eggs in the morning with half an avocado, and I get to have half a piece of toast.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I love all of the Marvel comics movies.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I listen to music before every race. Generally, there will be a song I’ll get into over the weekend, and I play it all weekend, particularly when I’m getting ready for a race.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“When I’m driving, the fewer distractions there are, the better it is to focus on the job in hand.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I hate losing. It doesn’t matter if it’s racing or playing Ping-Pong – I hate it.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I don’t think you can fully call yourself a vegan if you wear leathers.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“A couple of my mechanics have become vegan because I’ve done it. One of my barbers, too.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“It doesn’t matter what famous person I’ve come across in the street, I don’t think I’ve ever shouted.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m definitely conscious of time. I already waste so much of it, just on a flight. I look back to when I was 13, and I wish I had stuck with my piano studies.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I love my ink. They all have a meaning. I’m very strong in my faith, so I wanted to have some religious images. I’ve got Pieta, a Michelangelo sculpture of Mary holding Jesus after he came off the cross, on my shoulder. A sacred heart on my arm. Musical notes because I love music. The compass on my chest is there because church is my compass.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I train to quite an intense level because Formula 1 is so physical – the G-forces, the demands on your body. Your heart rate is 150, 160 through the whole race. On qualifying lap, your heart rate can be up to 180, 190, under tough conditions.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“If I’d won every single race and got pole everywhere, that would just be boring. It would suck. Where’s the fun in that?”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Lots of other drivers like cycling, but I’m not so keen. I have some really cool bikes, but I’m just not in love with it like Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Generally, I hate training – just like most people, I guess. I try to make it fun and varied.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“We have to be extremely fit to race in F1.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I think it’s a shame that people are so quick to put you in a box; sometimes it’s as if you do one thing, and that’s all you’re allowed to do.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“People need to remember that I am the first black driver in F1, so I am obviously going to be different to past drivers.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Equalising performance between teams runs completely counter to the idea of F1 and would be very unfair for us.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Formula 1 is the sort of place where people tend to have an opinion about everything, and usually, they tend to believe their own opinion is the right one, even if it relates to someone else.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Ayrton Senna was my favorite driver who I wanted to be like.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I started playing guitar when I was 13. I’d written a few songs on the guitar over some time. I’d written a book of poetry, and I got a book of lyrics that I had when I was a kid.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I relate my life a lot to ‘Cool Runnings,’ the movie.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I had a lot of racism growing up where I grew up. Bullied at school. It definitely encouraged me. It’s like battle wounds – you come out the other side, and it just makes you tougher.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“It is open for anyone to have freedom of speech, and I guess we can all play a role in trying to make a difference in the world. Particularly if your leader is not helping in that area.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I genuinely have always had support from all of my team. I have never had any complaints from them.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Racing is very physical.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I like wearing things that other people wouldn’t want to wear, to be a bit edgy.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I would love to one day have my own line of clothes.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“Sometimes, I arrive at races more energetic and clear-minded than ever, and then I have a terrible race. And the opposite is also true.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“It takes me forever to read a book. I have such a small attention span.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I don’t like to read fiction. I like to learn something when I’m reading.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I don’t drive by the seat of my pants and happen to win races. I work very hard to interpret the data and drive a certain way. My engineers have confidence in me, and more often than not, when I tell them what I need or what I am feeling with the car, it’s right.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I want to crush everyone. I want to outsmart everyone.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’m no less focused than any of my peers. They live a different life. They go home; they are not pictured at events. I train just as much as them, maybe more.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I have so much energy. I train, I travel, I’m learning about music and fashion, reading a lot. I don’t want to miss anything. I want to experience everything.”

― Lewis Hamilton

“I’ve accomplished more than I ever dreamed. But I’m hungry for more.”

― Lewis Hamilton
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