Hamilton: Team work, lifestyle boosting form
24 October 2017 – Lewis Hamilton says the work he has undertaken both with Mercedes and on his own lifestyle is behind the form he has demonstrated through 2017.
Hamilton lost out on last year's title to Nico Rosberg, who retired at the end of the campaign, and spent the first half of this season battling with Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.
However, Hamilton has pulled clear since the summer break, scoring five wins from six races, and is on the brink of a fourth world title, holding a 66-point lead heading to Mexico.
Hamilton believes that operating at a higher level with his Mercedes team has aided his prospects, allied to work he has undertaken away from the circuit.
"Going and seeing Toto [Wolff] at the end of last year was fruitful in terms of solidifying longevity within the team, to just put everything on the table, say what's needed to [be said]," Hamilton said.
"Toto does an exceptional job in running this team. I'm sure there have been things that we'd all hope that we could have done better, if we had a chance to go back and do them.
"I've still got my same engineers for the last five years and we're constantly working on improving our communication.
"We've done an exceptional job this year in terms of what we do at the factory and what gets the most… I think we have to always find how you get the most out of the driver.
"For example, my days at the factory, I've changed them a lot, compared to my days at the McLaren factory, [which] were generally a bit of a waste.
"When I joined this team I changed what I would do on my days, so I can get the maximum.
"There are certain things that I need to take away. I'm not one that can sit in a meeting for five hours, I can't focus like that for that long.
"We've just been working through trial and error on improving our process and it's great.
"We sit down every week, particularly me and my tight unit, we sit down and discuss where we've been, things we can improve, what I like about the car, where I need to improve – that's helped me massively."
Hamilton went on to describe his recent change of diet, in which he adopted a vegan lifestyle, as the "second-best decision" he has made in his career.
"I think with me personally, I feel the best I've ever felt – physically and mentally," he said.
"All year I've felt very strong mentally, but I think physically I've now taken also a big step physically.
"And that's really with the decision I made to change my diet. I think the best decision was obviously moving to this team, and the second best decision was changing my diet, in Singapore.
"I still was driving pretty good before that! I think ultimately you're always trying to live to your potential and drive to your potential."