Lewis Hamilton might only be 22 years old – but he’s already packed in enough incident to fill a volume of autobiography.
His new book, entitled ‘My Story’, is due to be published on November 5, with what looks to us like a tastefully McLaren-themed red and black cover photo.
If you can’t wait that long to read his thoughts on fans, family and life as F1’s most successful rookie ever, then you’re in luck, because it’s currently being serialised in The Sun newspaper.
In the book Lewis discusses his relationship with his 15-year-old brother Nicolas, who has cerebral palsy, and confides how much he admires the youngster’s positive attitude to life: “Nic gets out of life what he puts into life and that must give him a huge amount of satisfaction.
“‘Never let him have it easy,’ my dad always said, just so he’d try harder. When I play computer games with Nic I always try my best to beat him. I never let him win. I never let anyone win at anything, at home or anywhere.”
And he recalls how his unexpected fame first caught up with him at the Australian Grand Prix: “It all got to me. I didn’t know how to judge it. I didn’t have time to do autographs at the exit gate, where everyone was waiting outside the paddock, and I just walked on, and I kept walking.
“It was not a good feeling ignoring the fans, doing the one thing I promised I would never do. That was one of the single most distressing experiences I have ever had and it played on my mind all night.”
You can also read extracts here (links go through to The Sun’s website):