Aug 17, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT
Lewis Hamilton has revealed in an interview that the dangerous side of racing is something that excites him, setting him and his colleagues apart from other sportsmen.
The 2008 world champion spoke about this aspect of Formula One during an interview with Al Jareeza, also revealing that he suffers from nerves despite his cool and calm demeanor.
“Trying to control your nerves is such a challenge,” Hamilton explained. “Even today I still have nerves. If I don’t have those nerves it means I’m not prepared.”
The knowledge that a big accident could come at any moment may scare many, but Hamilton is spurred on by this.
“It definitely is dangerous and I’m glad that it still has that danger factor to it because that’s what makes it so exciting. That’s what separates us from, you know, any other sport.”
Many purists criticize the modern sport, believing that it lacks the danger and challege that was once present thanks to driver aids and other advancements in technology. However, there have been no deaths in the sport since 1994, proving just how far safety standards have come, but incidents such as Robert Kubica’s accident in 2007 proves that danger is still present.
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