Lewis Hamilton says recording videos with film star Will Smith completely changed his pre-race preparation for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Smith was a guest of Hamilton’s Mercedes team this weekend. The duo recorded a joke video in the build-up to the race where Hamilton was tied to a chair by the rapper and actor, who then walked into the garage in his own race suit and Hamilton helmet.
“It’s been an unconventional weekend, said Hamilton. – Yesterday morning I was filming something with FIFA and Sony, and then this morning doing stuff with Will.
“Will is the original hype man. He creates a lot of energy. He’s like a big brother to me, so we were doing some filming and stuff which was literally 10 minutes before we got in the car.
We were doing some fun filming, which I never, ever do because that’s usually the period of time where I get ready. So I was a little bit, going into the race, like, ‘Jeez, I’ve completely changed my pattern, if there is a usual relaxing period. But I got a great start and then after it was really standard.”
In terms of the whole year and the titles with Mercedes again Lewis said: “We’ve done an exceptional job all year, it’s a real privilege to work with these guys and be able to raise them up at the end of the year.
I’m happy to finish on a high. Seb was driving really well through the race, putting in some great laps, and it got so tricky at the end with the wind but I think it was the same for all of us.”
— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) November 25, 2018