Not that the 36-year-old Briton, who has probably the most race wins or podium locations in F1 historical past, is considering like that.
“Simply in that one second, it is about being the best you could be and dwelling to your full potential.
“In order that’s one thing that I simply seek for and [to stay] as centered and pushed as I might probably be.
“I believe the shocking factor is that I have been racing this lengthy and I nonetheless have that very same feeling after I fail or after I do not succeed, and I flip that right into a optimistic and use it as gasoline.
“I believed that that might put on off as I bought older, but it surely’s not.”
It is an strategy that has seen Hamilton rise to the very high of his sport, passing a few of his idols alongside the way in which.
Hamilton is now combating for an eighth world title this season, a championship which might pull him away from a file he presently shares with racing legend Michael Schumacher.
That is fairly the accolade for the boy who was expelled from faculty all these years in the past and whose father, Anthony, juggled three jobs, re-mortgaged the household house and dipped into his life financial savings to maintain his son in karting.
“My dream was all the time to get to Method One, to do one thing like Ayrton Senna — he had three world titles,” the Mercedes driver and IWC Ambassador added.
“After which to see myself match him at one level, after which transcend that.
“To assume that I am right here at the moment, the place most individuals do not even get one championship and to have seven could be very, very loopy nonetheless.
“However yearly after I come again, it is like a reset. Like, I am not a champion. I’ve no titles. I am going for the primary.
“That is sort of my mentality. However an eighth? I do not know. I by no means actually say.”
Maybe the most important problem standing in the way in which of an eighth world title is long-time rival Max Verstappen.
“I believe for us it is simply ensuring we proceed to benefit from the journey, to not apply an excessive amount of strain to ourselves as a result of we have been right here many, many instances earlier than,” he mentioned.
“However not let that need and that craving for fulfillment overpower every part and put added strain on us that we do not actually need.
“But it surely’s all about preparation, ensuring we’re the very best ready we could be.”
Inspiration from Tom Brady
Along with his personal need, Hamilton has discovered inspiration from all corners of society and from all method of sports activities.
Chatting with CNN from Austin forward of the US Grand Prix this weekend, the motive force acknowledged how a lot he can study from the likes of NFL veteran Tom Brady.
Like Hamilton, Brady is taken into account among the finest within the historical past of his sport and the similarities do not cease there.
Whereas the Brit has received seven world championships, the 44-year-old quarterback can boast seven Tremendous Bowl titles and remains to be competing on the highest stage at the moment.
“I believe, naturally, if you’re an athlete, you positively see folks you could relate to,” Hamilton defined.
“I’ve had the privilege of watching Tom’s success and we had been truly neighbors for a second actually.
“I believe it is actually sort of the mentality of an athlete: the drive, the coaching regime, the eye to element and the sort of the fixed push for perfection.
“But additionally the teamwork component of being the group chief, being part of a big group of people who find themselves all pushed in direction of a typical objective.
“He is such an unbelievable chief, so I take extra inspiration from that.”
‘I am by no means going to offer it up’
Such an extended profession just isn’t one thing Hamilton is critically entertaining however the driver is way from hanging up his gloves.
He nonetheless possesses that aggressive edge — a trait honed by racing his brother on laptop video games from an early age — and nonetheless has that urge for food for adrenaline.
“I do not assume I will be racing till I am 50. However who is aware of? I am for certain going to be doing issues prefer it,” he mentioned, smiling.
“Whether or not it is skydiving, whether or not it is browsing, whether or not it is simply going to a neighborhood observe, go-karting with buddies or no matter it’s.
“I believe I am by no means going to offer it up essentially however maybe, professionally, I am going to need to.”
Mission to assist off the observe
Whereas rising into the elite sportsman he’s at the moment, Hamilton has continued to make use of his international platform to combat for extra than simply success on the observe.
He has been an outspoken voice on points resembling local weather change and equality and has put strain on his sport, and wider society, to change into extra tolerant and face points round lack of variety.
It is a mission maybe born out of his personal life experiences — Hamilton says the training system within the UK “failed” him rising up after he was kicked out of college for one thing he says he did not do.
“I used to be a kind of,” Hamilton mentioned.
“Just one% of the 40,000 folks within the trade within the UK alone are from Black backgrounds,” Hamilton mentioned, admitting there was nonetheless an enormous quantity of labor to be carried out.
“We have got to alter the pipeline. We have got to get extra eyes, get extra encouragement for these younger youngsters to get into STEM topics so that they understand that there are such a lot of nice avenues that engineering can result in.”