Lewis Hamilton’s fifth world title defies logic that an elite athlete and a jet-setting party lifestyle don’t mix

LEWIS HAMILTON’S opponents will be left scratching their heads after watching him win his fifth world crown.

After all, there is no logical explanation for it.

 Lewis Hamilton with Gigi Hadid as part of his promotion for his range with Tommy Hilfiger

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Lewis Hamilton with Gigi Hadid as part of his promotion for his range with Tommy Hilfiger
 Hamilton is regularly seen at fashion parties

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Hamilton is regularly seen at fashion parties
 He travels all over the globe - clocking up over 100 flights this year

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He travels all over the globe – clocking up over 100 flights this year
 Hamilton at dinner with Jourdan Dunn, Rita Ora, Conor McGregor and Irina Shayk (left to right)

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Hamilton at dinner with Jourdan Dunn, Rita Ora, Conor McGregor and Irina Shayk (left to right)
 Hamilton partying at a parade in Barbados

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Hamilton partying at a parade in Barbados

From an early age, elite athletes are regularly told to train, get their rest, shun the parties and the temptations all in favour of living a saint-like existence.

Yet, somehow and for some reason, that approach doesn’t work for Hamilton.

In fact, the more jet-setting, glitz and glamorous lifestyle he leads, the better he becomes.

A case in point this season came at the Singapore Grand Prix, a track that his Mercedes team has historically struggled at.

 Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fifth F1 title in Mexico on Sunday

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Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning his fifth F1 title in Mexico on Sunday
 Hamilton holds up 'five' on his hand as he celebrates beating rival Sebastian Vettel to the title

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Hamilton holds up 'five' on his hand as he celebrates beating rival Sebastian Vettel to the title
 Hamilton jokes with Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown at the USA Grand Prix

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Hamilton jokes with Stranger Things actor Millie Bobby Brown at the USA Grand Prix
 Hamilton with model Winnie Harlow

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Hamilton with model Winnie Harlow
 Hamilton shows off with a sports car

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Hamilton shows off with a sports car
 Among the celebrities to join Hamilton on a race weekend is Christina Aguilera

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Among the celebrities to join Hamilton on a race weekend is Christina Aguilera

Hamilton stepped off the plane having racked up a whopping 25,000 miles in the air flying from London to Shanghai, to London to New York, to London to Singapore. All to promote his fashion designs with Tommy Hilfiger.

While his peers had spent time in their teams’ simulators or training, Hamilton was on the red carpet with models.

Yet he responded with a brilliant pole position on a Saturday and converted that into a victory on the Sunday.

The fact is that Hamilton tried the conventional approach at McLaren as they attempted to shoe-horn him into the mould of a modern professional with little profile outside of F1 and certainly without a voice.

But at Mercedes he has been given freedom to do what he likes, within reason.

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Mamma I made it, that’s me on the @nasdaq building in Times Square

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 Hamilton uses Instagram to keep his fans up to date with what he's up to - including having fun in the snow

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Hamilton uses Instagram to keep his fans up to date with what he's up to – including having fun in the snow
 Hamilton also went diving this year

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Hamilton also went diving this year
 The racing driver has a range of clothes with Tommy Hilfiger

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The racing driver has a range of clothes with Tommy Hilfiger
 Hamilton with supermodel Winnie Harlow at a nightclub in London

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Hamilton with supermodel Winnie Harlow at a nightclub in London
 Hamilton with Nicki Minaj and Winnie Harlow at his Tommy Hilfiger collaboration launch party in New York

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Hamilton with Nicki Minaj and Winnie Harlow at his Tommy Hilfiger collaboration launch party in New York

He was told that he can follow his fashion career on the proviso that it does not impact his performances on track, only it does but in a positive way.

Now in his 12th season in F1, Hamilton says he still has the passion to keep competing at the highest level for victories.

We know this to be true, for he has agreed a lucrative two-year contract extension with Mercedes.

Hamilton has flourished on track but in the last 20 months he has also developed off it. He has grown in confidence.

A case in point is his stance on social media. There are still a few mis-judgements, such as his comments about his nephew wanting to wear a princess dress, but that would be missing the point.

 He rubbed shoulders with Vogue editor Anna Wintour at Wimbledon

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He rubbed shoulders with Vogue editor Anna Wintour at Wimbledon
 Hamilton regularly finds himself surrounded by models

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Hamilton regularly finds himself surrounded by models
 He's a dedicated follower of fashion

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He's a dedicated follower of fashion

For the key example is the sheer fact he is willing to express his opinion. In this regard he unlike many other modern athletes.

While many footballers’ Twitter account are full of the benign “we go again” or “good win for the lads”, mundane messages, Hamilton uses his social media to address matters which are important to him.

On Friday night in Austin for instance, he posted about the cruelty served to dairy cattle. He’s recently decided to swap to a plant-based diet and he’s encouraging his followers to think about doing the same.

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I’m in just one of so many beautiful parts of the world today when we stumbled across this mess. We couldn’t stand by, we had to do something. We all need to act, we must stop supporting companies that are blindly fixated on their profits at the expense of our beautiful planet and its environment. Please don’t buy plastic. Please always recycle, we can all make a huge difference through the actions that we take every single day! 🙏🏾 tag 3 friends so we can get this message out there #environment #change @chloegreen5 @jmeeksofficial

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🙏🏾❤️ NYC #NeverForget

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He might not get the universal support from us Brits that perhaps he deserves for his achievements in F1.

But there are two things which we can all agree on.

Firstly, he is bloody good at what he does –perhaps the best in the history of F1 [but that’s for another day].

The second is that he is not like your average sportsmen or woman and that's refreshingly different.

LEWIS HAMILTON’S opponents will be left scratching their heads after watching him win his fifth world crown.