Formula 1
Formula 1
28 Mar
FP1 in
26 days
R
Emilia Romagna GP
18 Apr
Race in
49 days
09 May
Next event in
67 days
23 May
Race in
84 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
06 Jun
Race in
98 days
13 Jun
Race in
106 days
27 Jun
Race in
119 days
04 Jul
Next event in
123 days
18 Jul
Race in
141 days
R
Hungarian GP
01 Aug
Race in
154 days
29 Aug
Race in
182 days
05 Sep
Race in
189 days
12 Sep
Race in
196 days
26 Sep
Race in
210 days
R
Singapore GP
03 Oct
Next event in
214 days
10 Oct
Race in
224 days
R
United States GP
24 Oct
Race in
239 days
31 Oct
Race in
246 days
R
Australian GP
21 Nov
Race in
266 days
R
Saudi Arabia GP
05 Dec
Race in
281 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
12 Dec
Race in
287 days

Hamilton: Will Smith "completely changed" pre-race pattern

Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton says recording videos with film star Will Smith "completely changed" his pre-race pattern and added to an "unconventional" Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend.

shares
comments
Hamilton: Will Smith "completely changed" pre-race pattern

Smith was a guest of Hamilton's Mercedes team this weekend and the duo recorded a light-hearted video in the build-up to the race where Hamilton was tied to a chair by the rapper/actor, who then walked into the garage in his own race suit and Hamilton's crash helmet.

Hamilton went on to control the race from pole position but said he was a little wary of joking around in the time he usually reserves to prepare.

"It's been an unconventional weekend," said Hamilton. "Yesterday morning I was filming something with FIFA and Sony, and then this morning doing stuff with Will.

"Will is the original 'hype man'. He's hype. He creates a lot of energy. He's like a big brother to me, so we were doing some filming and stuff which was literally 10 minutes before we got in the car.

"We were doing some fun filming, which I never, ever do because that's usually the period of time where I get ready.

"So I was a little bit, going into the race, like, 'Jeez, I've completely changed my pattern', if there is a usual relaxing period.

"But I got a great start and then after it was really standard."

Hamilton's victory took him to 11 wins for the season, matching his best-ever tally for a single campaign in the face of increased opposition for Ferrari.

Though the five-time world champion's exploits this weekend continued a theme of Hamilton breaking away from conventional F1 driver behaviour, he made it clear he expects "nothing but perfection".

"That's what we strive for as a team," said Hamilton. "We've done an exceptional job all year, it's a real privilege to work with these guys and be able to raise them up at the end of the year.

"I'm happy to finish on a high. Seb was driving really well through the race, putting in some great laps, and it got so tricky at the end with the wind but I think it was the same for all of us."

Hamilton ended his "unconventional" weekend by celebrating topless on the podium having pulled down the top half of his race suit.

He explained that he did so to showcase the tattoo he has of his 'Still I Rise' motto at the top of his back.

"It didn't go as I thought it would go," Hamilton admitted.

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, celebrates on the podium

Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG F1, celebrates on the podium

Photo by: Glenn Dunbar / LAT Images

Hulkenberg "couldn't see" Grosjean before airborne crash

Previous article

Hulkenberg "couldn't see" Grosjean before airborne crash

Next article

Verstappen blinded by oil from Gasly's Honda engine

Verstappen blinded by oil from Gasly's Honda engine
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Abu Dhabi GP
Drivers Lewis Hamilton
Teams Mercedes
Author Scott Mitchell
How McLaren F1’s new investors have already made an impact Prime

How McLaren F1’s new investors have already made an impact

The deal McLaren concluded with MSP Sports Capital last year which will help the cash-strapped Formula 1 team pay for much-needed infrastructure upgrades, also points toward the future for F1 itself, says GP Racing's Stuart Codling.

Why Verstappen isn't interested in the hype game Prime

Why Verstappen isn't interested in the hype game

In a pre-season where Red Bull has been unusually quiet, Max Verstappen has also been guarded about the team's fortunes in 2021. Even after trying the RB16B for the first time at Silverstone, the Dutchman was careful to manage expectations

Formula 1
Feb 26, 2021
The pros and cons of F1's 2021 rule changes Prime

The pros and cons of F1's 2021 rule changes

In the strategy for grand prix racing's future, 2021 represents a significant step towards the goal of closer racing and a more level playing field. That's the theory behind the latest raft of changes, but will they have the desired effect?

Formula 1
Feb 24, 2021
What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch Prime

What Red Bull is trying to hide with its RB16B launch

Red Bull made no secret of the fact its 2021 F1 car is an evolution of its predecessor, but in keeping the same foundations while hiding some tightly-guarded updates with its RB16B, the team aims to avoid suffering the same pitfalls of previous years

Formula 1
Feb 23, 2021
How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo Prime

How Albon plans to fight his way out of Red Bull limbo

Alex Albon has faced the media for the first time since he lost his Red Bull drive at the end of 2020 and dropped out of a Formula 1 race seat altogether. He has a history of bouncing back from setbacks, so here's what he must do to rise again

Formula 1
Feb 23, 2021
Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates Prime

Ranked! Carlin's greatest F1 graduates

Carlin has helped guide enough drivers to Formula 1 to fill out an entire grid, plus a handful of reserves, to create a remarkable alumni list. With Yuki Tsunoda set to join that group, Motorsport.com has ranked its graduates to grace the grand prix scene...

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021
Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans Prime

Why Alfa's 2021 launch says more about its 2022 plans

Alfa Romeo launched its C41 with a revised front nose, but there's little to suggest it will surge up the leaderboard in 2021. As the team frankly admits, it's putting its eggs in the basket labelled 2022 and hoping to hold the eighth place it earned last year

Formula 1
Feb 22, 2021
Why Gasly’s AlphaTauri haven is a blessing and a curse Prime

Why Gasly’s AlphaTauri haven is a blessing and a curse

Red Bull opted not to re-sign Pierre Gasly even before it decided to drop Alex Albon and so the Frenchman's Formula 1 journey will continue at AlphaTauri. This has positive and negative connotations for one of last season's star performers.

Formula 1
Feb 20, 2021