Formula 1 legend, Sir Lewis Hamilton, is an F1 driver like no other, his laidback, philanthropic yet deviant personality disrupts societal norms and doesn’t conform to the champion’s incredible accomplishments on the track.
Hamilton has won a joint-record (Michael Schumacher) seven World Drivers’ Championship titles and holds the records for the most wins, pole positions, and podium finishes — he is a familiar face around the podium with multiple records to his name.
The Mercedes driver is the definition of the word unique and a man who doesn’t like being forced to do things, to say the least.
His free-spirited, nose-piercing, jewellery-wearing character seems to rub authorities the wrong way.
Hamilton almost surpassed Schumacher and was well on his way to an eighth championship until the last race of the season, when he lost both the lead of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and the championship, to Verstappen on the final lap.
After a tough year of dealing with issues both on and off the track, Sir Hamilton recently decided it was time for him to take a break, go back and trace his roots in Africa to get a fresh perspective on life and soak in the positivity.
“This year I’m spending my summer break doing something I’ve wanted to do for years. I’m finally tracing my roots through Africa and guys, to say this journey has been a grounding experience is an understatement. This has been a life-changing reset.”
Among his destinations was Kenya, where he visited the Maasai Mara — a must-go destination if you were to say you have experienced the wild side of Africa.
Hamilton is an avid naturalist and lover of animals and Mara holds one of the biggest populations of wild, featuring in multiple blockbuster movies as a preferred default setting when Africa-related themes are at play.
“I feel like I have gained a new perspective on life, grown an even stronger love for animals and became even closer with my brothers who I’ve shared this special journey with.”
The F1 driver’s first stop in Africa was Namibia, describing his experience as stunning and surreal.
“My first stop was Namibia, one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. Words and pictures do not do it justice. The hot air balloon ride was surreal. We had to land sideways which is definitely something I’ll never forget. I could not think of a better place to spend this time off,” Hamilton’s post read.
According to Autosports, Hamilton is the only driver to win a race in every season completed, having won as little as one race in a season (2013), all the way up to 11 wins which he has achieved in multiple seasons since joining Mercedes.