Lewis Hamilton discusses how his approach to life has drastically changed from when he first entered the sport.
Joining the F1 paddock in 2007 as a 22-year-old, Hamilton has since gone on to cement himself as one of the sport's greatest drivers, winning seven world championships. He has also changed a great deal personally, something he believes has helped him achieve what he has achieved today.
"I have grown a lot as a person, not changed but more evaluated in a positive way I think," Hamilton told SportWeek.
"Over the years I have gained more knowledge, more responsibility and a better idea of what I can do for others.
"When I came into Formula 1 I was still a boy. I was only thinking about driving, driving and driving again and nothing else. I wasn't thinking about the environment.
"At that time, I was only focused on winning championships. So from the beginning to now, I've been on a journey, so now I understand better why I'm here."
Hamilton also describes how he played dual roles in 2020, playing the part of a racing driver and social activist.
"Take the 2020 championship. I gave everything to be a champion and at the same time I did everything I could in the fight against racism," he stated.
"I drew attention to those issues and the eyes of the crowd gave me extra strength when I was racing on the track.
"It's not just about winning, but also about bringing something bigger. This year I also learned a lot about myself."