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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton reveals how fashion helps him deal with 'intensity' of title fight

Lewis Hamilton hopes that his bold fashion choices at Grand Prix weekends will open the minds of others, as well as continuing to act as a positive in his own life.

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Lewis Hamilton feels that his interest in fashion helps him to switch off from F1 and thus approach each race with a fresh mind.

The seven-time World Champion is known for wearing some bold outfits during Grand Prix weekends when not in official team wear, having worn a blue and black kilt with trousers in the paddock ahead of the Turkish Grand Prix. Hamilton was also in attendance at the Met Gala in September and is often seen at fashion shows.

Hamilton enjoys being involved in a world that is so different to Formula 1 and sees this as a positive when it comes to his driving, particularly given the tense battle for the World Championship this season with rival Max Verstappen.

"It's a much different world, naturally, to F1," Hamilton told select media including RacingNews365.com. "F1's obviously not focused on that and it's obviously very corporate. There is no fashion, actually, in F1.

"I always felt like it was a place that it wasn't easy to be yourself. And when I went to a fashion show, when you're in a fashion week, for example, you're surrounded by people from all different walks of life, expressing themselves in different ways.

"I love that environment where I'm able to express myself. I now do that on the racetrack. And I feel free to be able to do so."

Hamilton admits that it also helps to "take the weight off" competing in Formula 1.

"I love being able to separate from the sport, and the intensity of this whole season is difficult for everyone that's at the track," he said.

"To be able to have something else, another outlet, that you can focus on, helps take the weight off it.

"When I come back, it always feels fresh when I come to a GP, because it's not something I've been thinking about every single day."

Hamilton also hopes that his "daring" fashion choices will help to open the minds of others.

"It's quite daring," the Briton said of his Burberry kilt ensemble. "I really like what Burberry is doing, and I just love the outfit.

"I go through all these different images online and find things that I like. I did a shoot with GQ a couple years ago with a kilt, and it was one that we specially made with Tommy Hilfiger, which was again just gender neutral.

"Anyone can wear whatever they want. There will be people that don't understand it, but that's okay. Hopefully they'll eventually go through the opening their mind phase and let people be who they want to be."

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