5 Minutes With… Lewis Hamilton
What inspired you to become a Formula One driver?
Lewis Hamilton (LH) I used to watch the Grand Prix races with my dad growing up, and I wanted to be Ayrton Senna. Everyone should dream big, and I’ve never stopped pursuing mine since then.
Do you follow any rituals or do you use a charm for luck before an important race?
LH I have a good rest the night before the race, and arrive at the track the next morning full of positivity. Before qualifiers, I listen to my favourite tracks, and pray for everyone to be safe.
What do you think of just seconds before the race starts? And during the race?
LH I always remain focused on the job at hand, to win the race, and everything else is just noise. Thanks to years of experience, I’m able to compartmentalize what’s not important at that moment, and concentrate on getting myself and the team standing on the podium at the end of the race. Mental power is everything.
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What is your most important goal in life?
LHIn racing, the goal is to continue to win races and excel in every opportunity I get. Beyond racing, I want to try as many things as possible, like producing music, being involved in fashion, as well as working more with kids and supporting organisations that help animals.
Why partner with Tommy Hilfiger?
LH Tommy Hilfiger is an iconic American brand that was impossible to miss as a kid, whether you were into fashion or not. Fashion is a growing love for me, and having attended the TommyNow runway event for several seasons, I’m always amazed at how the brand is able to reinvent itself with every collection and through innovative technology. That takes a lot of creativity, and I’m super excited to join the Tommy Hilfiger family.
What do you like about Tommy Hilfiger designs?
LH I like to stand out from the crowd, and Tommy Hilfiger’s cool, all-American designs allow me to add an effortless yet sophisticated twist to my outfits. From perfectly tailored suits to playful and elevated pieces, it’s a brand that caters for any occasion.
What do you have in common with Tommy Hilfiger (the designer)?
LH I’ve always admired how Tommy never gave up on his dreams of building a global lifestyle brand, even when times were tough. I believe that when you get knocked down, it’s not how you fall that matters, but how you get back up, and Tommy and I both take life lessons away from these moments. Always believe in yourself, and don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t achieve your goals.
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Where does your love of fashion come from?
LH Growing up, all my family’s money went into racing, buying tires and fuel, so fashion is something I was quite oblivious to. I started exploring fashion in my early 20s, and I’ve grown to feel more confident about experimenting with different styles, and just being myself. I’m fortunate to have friends who work in the fashion industry, and I’m constantly fascinated by their creativity.
What connection do you see between sport and fashion?
LH Fashion is like racing, it never sleeps. In Formula One, fashion is not something teams and racing drivers necessarily focus on, but I’m obsessed with style. I always make sure to look classy in my race suit.
How would you describe your style?
LH My style is always evolving, that’s what’s great about fashion. I’m always seeing new designs that push the boundaries, and think “I’d love to wear that.” I don’t like wearing the same as everyone else, and love to mix street-styles with high-end luxury brands.
What are five fashion essentials you cannot live without?
LH Everyone should have a well-tailored suit. Wear it with a freshly-pressed shirt and a great watch, and you can’t go wrong. A pair of well-fitted jeans is always a wardrobe essential. When I’m at home, I’m very casual and love to relax in tracksuits. I don’t like to dress like everyone else so I pick bright colours and patterns, adding my personal twist to the outfit.
What is your fashion advice to the male consumer?
LH Why wear the same as everyone else? Fashion is about experimenting. Men should be confident about trying out new things. Do whatever suits your personality and your emotions, and take the time to find your style. Don’t try to be someone else. That’s all that matters.