Ahead of the F1 Grand Prix race in Monaco this weekend, Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport driver Lewis Hamilton discusses the sport and reveals his travel secrets and guilty pleasures when on the road.
In a film released today, the four-time Formula One™ World Champion also reflects on first-race excitement, winning four world titles, facing the 2018 race season head-on, memorable circuits and meeting fans across the world. Through the Marriott Rewards® and SPG® loyalty programmes, fans can also get the chance to meet Lewis Hamilton as well as some of the world’s top athletes, musicians and chefs.
Speaking on film, the frequent flier gives the inside track on taking advantage of those hours buckled in to your seat; don a pair of high quality headphones and lose yourself in your favourite playlist; a good book helps wile away the time and will send you to the land of nod so you arrive at your destination energised. If in-flight movies are more your style, treat yourself to a little chocolate (not too much) and for max-comfort, throw a fresh t-shirt and pair of sweat pants into your carry-on bag.
But what’s that one essential Hamilton recommends you should never leave home without? Hand sanitising wipes. The meticulous traveller recommends giving the seat area a good wipe down first. You never know who was in that seat before you!
Hamilton also shares exclusive insights into his holiday habits. When not travelling for races Lewis leaves the trainers at home. It’s summer sun, flip-flops, a pair of shorts (never speedos) and a city-beach destination like Los Angeles for some guaranteed rays. Lewis’ first ever holiday was Ibiza with his family, and that was where he first drove a go-kart… the rest was history!
Right now however, his thoughts are firmly on Monaco this weekend. “You never know how you’re going to feel when you wake up on a Sunday morning. Every Sunday of my life racing-wise has been different, so I’m excited about that.”
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