Lewis Hamilton has posted an emotional message on his social media accounts in which he explains how difficult he sometimes finds life away from racing.
The six-time World Champion won the Belgian GP on Sunday and looks well on his way to further glory, with that his fifth win in seven races this year.
Despite everything appearing rosy professionally, however, Hamilton clearly occasionally struggles away from the sport, and he took to social media on Wednesday evening to share a heartfelt post.
“There are two sides to me,” it read. “First, the one you see on TV. The competitive, cut throat, hungry racer in me that comes out when I close the visor.
“When the visor is down I come alive, all my fears, insecurities, and doubts are cast aside and my focus kicks in and will not break until the job is done. It feels like I get to have the superpowers I always dreamed of having, but behind the wheel.
“Second, theres just me. Someone who is figuring life out day by day, just like you. Trying to find inner peace, manage time, balance work and life, finding time for family and friends, working on managing my emotions, and trying to find time for the other things I am passionate about. Like many of you, I’m just trying to and do my best in everything.
“I also have a lot of difficult days. Especially in the bubble that we’re currently in. You get lonely, you miss your friends and family, and with back to back race weeks it means there’s not much time for anything but work. So I’m grateful for the ones closest to me for helping me keep a balance, even if it’s just thru text, phone or FaceTime.
“I guess what I’m trying to say is, it’s never a bad thing to ask for help if you need it, or to tell somebody how you feel. Showing your vulnerable side doesn’t make you weak, instead, I like to think of it as a chance to become stronger, and better than we were.
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“Where ever you are in the world, I hope and pray you know you are incredible, gifted, talented, beautiful and strong, and no matter what anybody says, you can do almost anything you put your mind to. All you have to do is believe and do the work. Love.”
The post has received a positive feedback on social media, with fans showing their support for Hamilton in big numbers.