Lewis Hamilton Ditches Personal Trainer Despite New F1 Cars’ Physical Demands

by NESN Staff

March 27, 2017

Formula One’s new cars are subjecting drivers to extreme cornering forces, with most having admitted coping with the physical demand is a huge challenge. But it apparently isn’t too difficult for Lewis Hamilton.

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas driver told the BBC he’s opting to not use a personal trainer before or during the 2017 season. Instead, Hamilton said he’s created a fitness regiment for himself as “a kind of challenge.”

Hamilton’s decision to train himself certainly is a high-risk strategy, as the 2017-spec F1 cars are unlike anything drivers have felt before. After qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix, Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean said they were nearing eight G’s in high-speed corners. Fighter pilots, for perspective, wear special anti-G suits to cope with eight or nine G’s for an extended periods of time, according to PBS.

However, Hamilton insists he hasn’t missed a beat without a trainer.

“Can you have the motivation to do it yourself and get ready and tone up, not having a trainer and be ready?” Hamilton said, via BBC. “I have. … My discipline has definitely gone up in terms of my training and how specific I am with my diet.”

Some have speculated Hamilton’s star-studded life away from F1 has caused him to become disillusioned with the sport, though the three-time world champion suggested that wasn’t the case.

“The hunger… while last year (I felt) the hunger couldn’t be any more, it has freakin’ doubled,” Hamilton told the BBC. “So I am fit and ready.”

Considering Hamilton took pole in Melbourne, Australia, by more than than 0.25 seconds, and finished P2 in the race, we don’t doubt his fitness level — or motivation.

Thumbnail photo via Mercedes-AMG Petronas

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