As part of Johnnie Walker’s Join the Pact campaign, Hamilton took to the tarmac in a McLaren MP4-12c and blazed his signature into the ground to symbolise his commitment to never drink and drive. This was the first time in the world that the stunt was performed for a live audience.
Demonstrating the importance of always staying in control behind the wheel, the World’s Most Powerful Signature was first performed by Jenson Button and Mika Häkkinen for a Johnnie Walker viral video that has since been viewed by over 230,000 people around the world.
Johnnie Walker also took the opportunity to pay tribute to Singapore’s own racing heritage, honouring local racing legend and 1967 Singapore Grand Prix champion Rodney Seow. Lewis Hamilton presented Rodney Seow with a specially customised Johnnie Walker race helmet in recognition of his invaluable contributions to Singapore’s racing heritage and his own incredible journey of personal progress. Elliott Danker also got to have a chat with the 2008 World Champion
What’s your personal motivation in life?
Lewis Hamilton: NEVER GIVE UP! That’s something that my dad said to me when I was a kid and it’s always stuck with me. Everyone has tough times that people don’t know about and even in my career there were times where I kept thinking that “maybe I’m not going to make it” and then my dad said to me “never give up” and it just stuck with me so there have been times where I wanted to throw the towel but these 3 words have kept me going and thinking that there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
What do you do on the night before the race?
Lewis Hamilton: There’s so many different things you can do and if you think about the race too hard it can be a serious problem so over time you work out a method that works for you. Everyone has a different method and for me I switch off. As soon as I’m out of the car I switch off. I do my work at the track and then I go about my own things. It could be skyping with my family or watch a movie or have a good meal, get to sleep or listen to music.
Of course the next day you wake up and you feel something and it’s just being anxious. You don’t know what the first corner is going to be like but I must have done thousands of races since I first started and I gotta say that every start and first corner has been different and it’s quite crazy because who would have thought that there would be that many different scenarios.
What’s the best thing about being Lewis Hamilton?
Lewis Hamilton: Well it’s driving the Formula 1 car of course! Hey not many of us get to do it! There’s not one particular part apart from driving the car that’s the best but it’s the whole experience. Like traveling, I probably go to like 25 to 30 different countries every year. You get to meet so many different people, visit different cultures, try different food and it’s hard to think that that’s my job – to mess around in a really expensive car!
Lewis Hamilton images courtesy of Johnnie Walker Singapore
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