Lewis Hamilton happier today than a decade ago

Lewis Hamilton says that he is so much happier today than he was at the beginning of his F1 career.

Lewis Hamilton has said that he is so much happier today than he was at the beginning of his Formula 1 career.

The Brit has just wrapped up his fourth drivers' title, telling the Italian magazine Sportweek that he is happier at 32 than when he entered F1 a decade ago.

"When I think of how I felt years ago, I imagine being tied up and unable to move," he said.

"It was enough for me to be in F1 and I told myself it was the best job in the world. But outside the car I didn't feel right, I didn't feel complete.

"I was only using 10% of my potential."

Hamilton won the title in 2008 but later switched to Mercedes and allowed his personality to flourish. The 32-year-old now jets all over the world, dabbles in music and fashion and mingles with celebrities.

"We often forget that we don't live forever and that life is short," Hamilton insisted. "And I don't like to waste a minute.

"I'm scared I will miss something, so I make my days very long."

Hamilton leads second-placed Sebastian Vettel by 43 points going into next weekend's season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Nico Rosberg leaves the stage behind Lewis Hamilton during a press conference for the kickoff of the new Formula 1 season in Fellbach, south-western Germany, on March 11, 2016
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