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Lewis Hamilton revelling in new-found freedom // Free from the constraints of a strict boss and a manager/father

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Lewis Hamilton revelling in new-found freedom
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Lewis Hamilton’s move to Mercedes has brought him plenty of attention and lots of challenges, but it has also granted him some relief. Along with the split from his manager dad Anthony Hamilton in 2010, the switch from McLaren has given Lewis a new perspective.

Talking to the Daily Mirror, he points out that his father and Ron Dennis are both very similar characters, “ambitious and powerful” and adds: “I have been in a very controlled environment since I can remember and it’s not until the last couple of years that I’ve come out of that control.”

Hamilton has also said that he’s now in a place where he’s not letting what people say affect him, after allowing that kind of thing to depress him previously. He says: “It saps your energy and it saps your will to want to do things... There was a point where I was driving and I was crashing for no reason. I was just not on the ball...”

He’s feeling better now, of course, and looking forward to this weekend’s race in Spain, saying: “I'm feeling very comfortable in the car now and we know the areas that we need to improve so a lot of effort is being put in to close that gap to the front-runners.”