Lewis Hamilton – Formula 1 Driving with Positive Mental Mindset in F1 Racing – “The Mental Edge”

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Lewis Hamilton: “Mental Strength is Key.”

A 6-time Formula One World Champion, he is widely regarded to be the greatest F1 Driver of All Time.

Observe Hamilton’s pre-race rituals, and you’ll notice a Mental Coach attending to every detail, psyching him to a State of Battle Readiness.

They free his mind to concentrate on the formidable tasks that separate World Champions from those who don’t even make it to the top level despite having outer-worldly talents.

Lewis’s appointed ‘Minder’ in the paddock, charged with keeping their driver in top condition: Mentally, physically and psychologically.

“You start to introduce their Long-Term Goals?

What is Their Purpose?

What actually are they Aiming For and how are we going about the Steps of Achieving That?

They need close Mentoring and need a person to Guide what they’re doing, to help them Accelerate those Life Experiences.”

“I would say 80% of the job of the Mental Coach on a F1 race weekend is keeping the driver in the Right Frame of Mind, and managing their demands that are around them.

It’s about really making Continuous Small Changes that Stick, Small Changes that are going to be incorporated into a Daily to Annual Routine, and have a Sustained Benefit.”

“If you take it over the entirety of a driver’s career, especially if we’ve been able to be involved before their time in Formula 1, I’m absolutely certain we can sometimes be the difference between them making it to Formula 1 or Not.

Obviously a driver has to have talent, but Having Talent is really Just the Beginning.

You could name many examples of Talented drivers who are Not here anymore.

Our job really is to make sure that Talent is Realized.”

“I have Mental Strength to be a champion.

I developed a Mental Attitude I would like to say was Impenetrable,” describes Hamilton.

“Losing the championship in past years enabled me to be the driver and the man I am today.

I naturally had all the talent that I needed but not really the Stability, the Core Strength Mentally and physically, to take all the Different Blows from all the Different Angles and Handle Them and still Stay Balanced.”

“Good Energy” — The sensational reversal in fortunes ultimately earned Hamilton that title of “Good Energy.”

“I am just always trying to enhance and unlock my own abilities.

Now, with age and experience, I’m able to do that.

There really is Not Anything you can particularly throw at me that I can Not handle.

I still have that ability that I had as a kid, but I have the Mentality Side of things in particular and the Stability and that Centered Approach.

It’s what allows me to drive and handle myself, and steer myself throughout the entire year the way I do.”

Hamilton’s sublime speed in qualifying and race craft has drawn plaudits from every corner of the F1 paddock, but Hamilton himself believes it was his Psychological Edge that ultimately helped him defeat the other drivers.

“The Mental side of things was key to this,” Hamilton said.

“That really is the case for a lot of top athletes competing. It’s the smallest thing.

We are talking about small percentages.

I think that is really, for me, been the Biggest Difference between us.”


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