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Lewis Hamilton says he is so much happier today than he was at the beginning of his F1 career.

The Brit wasted no time in celebrating his monumental achievement, flying with family, made parties for friends, adventure programs and also modeling. Lewis claims that he was only using 10 per cent of his potential in Formula 1.

The Briton has just wrapped up his fourth drivers’ title, telling the Italian magazine Sportweek that he is happier at 32 than when he entered F1 a decade ago.

“When I think of how I felt years ago, I imagine being tied up and unable to move.

“It was enough for me to be in F1 and I told myself it was the best job in the world. But outside the car I didn’t feel right, I didn’t feel complete,” Hamilton said.

“I was only using 10 per cent of my potential.”

He won the title in 2008 but later switched to Mercedes and allowed his personality to flourish. He now jets all over the world, dabbles in music and fashion and mingles with celebrities.

“We often forget that we don’t live forever and that life is short,” Hamilton insisted. “And I don’t like to waste a minute.

“I’m scared I will miss something, so I make my days very long.”

Chasing Schumi’s records not impossible

The newly-crowned four-time F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton presently has 62 F1 victories to his name, second on the all-time list and 29 behind Michael Schumacher’s 91 wins, while he’s three F1 titles off of the legendary German’s seven world championships.

“I hope I will keep winning for a long, long time. If the fight remains within me and it is still there now but I still don’t really have the desire to chase Michael,” the 32-year-old said. “I’m much closer now than I’ve ever been. Before getting 91 wins felt so distant, it’s still a long way off but it’s not impossible to think it could potentially get somewhere near.

“I’m really just grateful to be up there among the real greats. Not only amongst them but now standing up there with them along with the four titles and the pole positions, I think that’s something I’m very proud of. I plan to win a lot more races, so we will see how it goes.”

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