Lewis Hamilton gives Robb Report the lowdown on his life outside racing

The Formula 1 racer shares what drives him when he’s not on the track.

By Laura Burstein 27/04/2018

Motorsport legend Lewis Hamilton rarely slows down. So when he recently gave us a few minutes, we made the most of it.

What do you do when youre not racing?

I’m involved in the fashion world, so I go to a lot of fashion shows. And the music side, as well. Every spare day that I have, I fill it with work. I just like being busy.

Tell us more about your love of music

When I was 14, my dad was in a band, and that inspired me. I played guitar and then started to deejay. I couldn’t be in a band because I was always racing. Then I wanted to study music at school, but my dad made me study history.

You spend a lot of time in the States, especially Los Angeles. What attracts you to this place?

The world is fascinated by America because everything is generally bigger and better here. And it’s the central hub of entertainment. Growing up in England and watching movies, you just dream of one day going to visit those locations.

There has been a lot of talk lately about women in racing and a debate about whether women should drive in F1. What is your opinion on women’s roles in the sport

There needs to be more women involved. It’s just dudes everywhere. I mean, across the whole spectrum: engineering, marketing. We don’t have any female racing drivers. I’ve got a great aerodynamicist who is female, and she’s just crazy into cars.

You own a 1966 427 Shelby Cobra and a GT500. What is it that draws you to these muscle cars?

I think it’s the normally aspirated engines. I love the roar. The cars are quite flimsy; the technology is terrible. But when you look at the Cobra, it’s so elegant. They don’t make cars like that today.

What is another classic you’d like to own?

The Ferrari California 250 GT Spyder Short Wheelbase built 1960 to 1962.

Read Robb Report’s original interview with Lewis Hamilton here

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