Lewis Hamilton talks about the Miami Grand Prix, fighter pilots and Tom Brady?
It begins as the premise of a joke: Formula One GOAT Lewis Hamilton and football GOAT Tom Brady are playing golf when Brady turns to Hamilton and asks, “Have you ever been hit by a ball?”
“Oh my God,” Hamilton said, “I got hit between the shoulder blades.”
But that’s no joke; Ahead of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday, May 8, Hamilton is on the road, and that includes a charity golf event, where he is paired with recent Florida transplant and Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB1 Brady. This is where the odd couple sits with men’s health supposedly to talk about their shared love of green pants, which they both wear, and the IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert”, which they both wear around their famous wrists .
(To be clear, Hamilton wasn’t hit by a golf ball between his million-dollar shoulder blades in Miami; as he unfolds the story, it involves an uncle, a foggy day, and a hit on a million.” That hurts,” said seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady sympathetically (which we must point out is still no joke.)
But Hamilton deftly moves from the perils of extended family and outdoor sports to the topic on the agenda: the IWC watch pilots have trusted since the 1940s, and now presented in an all-new look. Its massive 46 millimeter ceramic case and dial have been coated with the palate of the West, but the trusted Swiss automatic movement remains as durable and tough as ever.
“A fighter pilot has always been something that fascinated me and I always wanted to be some kind of pilot. I thought they were the coolest people on the planet,” Hamilton says. And as he elaborates, the reasoning is clear: it is precision. It’s that same precision that excites him in racing, from the competition itself to the seeming banality of a car in the garage taking shape, perfectly fitting piece by piece. It’s the same feeling he gets, he says, visiting IWC’s headquarters in Schaffhausen, Switzerland, and seeing the nearly 500 parts that make up a watch painstakingly assembled under magnification by master craftsmen and technicians. . “Everything balanced perfectly,” he says. “There are a lot of synergies between that and what I do in my sport.”
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Miami is the fifth event of the 2022 F1 season, and it’s a fair summary to conclude that things haven’t gone the way Hamilton has this year. Despite his seven World Drivers’ Championship titles (a tie for the most part with driving legend Michael Schumacher), Hamilton has finished well bottom of the standings to date. The winningest driver of all time has yet to win a race, finishing no higher than third while limping to 13th at the most recent event, the Emilia-Romagna Grand Prix of Italy. April 24.
In Hamilton’s account, the physical preparation is there, including the grueling two-day workouts six days a week, which include morning cardio sessions and afternoon weight training sessions. Nutrition, which ensures that his body weight will not fluctuate (required due to the extreme fine tuning of the car), as well as pre-race acclimatization for a hot and sweaty event like Miami, where dehydration can be a factor, is also in place.
Even the mental component, which ensures precise decision-making in literal life-or-death situations, is firing on all cylinders. “I don’t think there is a secret,” he concludes. “I think it’s a combination of many factors in life. It’s about finding a way to find your center, tapping into your chi. And otherwise, it’s just this focus on being the best you can be and this process of discovering what you can be.
He continues: “I just feel like there’s nothing we can’t do, and there’s no limit to how good we can be – we ultimately limit ourselves, those invisible barriers that we have built in our own minds. It is therefore a question of confronting them head-on and finding ways to overthrow them.
Hamilton and Brady travel to talk about their respective charities, for which the watches they wear will be auctioned off and the proceeds donated. They discuss their first meeting, “seven or eight years ago”, Brady guesses, at an F1 race in Montreal and then again at a Met Gala in years past. “I was super inspired by [Hamilton] and his incredible piloting ability,” says Brady. “But what he stands for, what he means to the sporting community and the global sporting community – he has a serious responsibility in that regard, which I agree we all should.”
As the pair’s time draws to a close, we ask Brady if he has any advice for Hamilton on Sunday (a nonsensical question, but we persist).
“I don’t give him any advice,” Brady says. “He doesn’t need me.”
“I always welcome it,” retorted Hamilton.
And then the clouds part, the music swells (at least in our heads), and Brady delivers a halftime speech as emotional as only the greatest football player of all time can conjure up. “I know the season hasn’t gone his way, but I have no doubt it will be one of his most memorable seasons because of what he will accomplish and overcome.”
Brandy continues: “The hardest things in my life have always been the best things, because I learned the most and had to dig the deepest, I saw who supported me the most, seen who helped and helped me in difficult times. This is how you will learn more about yourself. Everyone wants to win every time. But that’s [the hardest] times when you get to know yourself, you get to know the people around you, and that will only make you better and better in different areas of life.
It’s unclear how Miami will end. Hamilton looks centered and prepared, but anything can happen in a race. Whether he joins the winner’s circle or continues his wanderings in the desert, he learns and with his IWC Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun Edition “Mojave Desert” he will be able to keep accurate time until he returns.
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