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  • 20 Mar
    导出博客文章One decade ago Lewis Hamilton was preparing for his first season in Formula One.
    Within motor racing circles his talent had been recognised, but away from the
    track he was still relatively unknown. His whole life up to that point had been
    about chasing his boyhood dream of racing in Formula One and, ultimately,
    emulating the achievements of his great hero Ayrton Senna. Ten years, 49 race
    wins and three world championships later, Hamilton has achieved his goals.For
    sure, I never imagined it would be like it is, he told ESPN in an exclusive
    interview which took place before the Japanese Grand Prix. I never imagined my
    life would be like this. Id sat watching the grands prix on TV and imagined what
    it would be like being in that garage like Ayrton Senna, Id try to imagine it,
    but my wildest imagination didnt sum up to what it is.Generally everything has
    turned out to be bigger and better ... but also different. When I was dreaming
    of being a racing driver I didnt think of all the things that came with it. Id
    only contemplated driving the car and being in that garage and being on track.It
    hadnt even entered my mind all the things that surround it outside the garage
    and the team -- maybe I wasnt smart enough back then, but I hadnt thought about
    those things. Those were probably more of a surprise when they came along.For
    Hamilton there was no real time to adapt to the changes that Formula One brought
    upon his life. He fought for the title in his very first year in the sport and
    the immediate success brought with it immediate fame. By the end of his first
    season, and at just 23 years of age, Hamilton released his first autobiography
    and became the public face of his teams many sponsors. In the space of a year he
    was suddenly a national sporting hero, and in the ten years since has gone on to
    become a global superstar.Life has changed a lot, he says. I went from being a
    little nobody-kid in Stevenage to people noticing me in places, so for sure
    things have changed a lot. I also went from being a very timid, more nervous
    person to a more confident, more assured and more successful person. Lots has
    changed but ultimately Im still the kid that I was back then.It just makes me
    smile because I think of all the people that said I wouldnt, said I couldnt,
    said I wasnt good enough. They sometimes pop up in the back of my mind and it
    makes me smile remembering what they made me feel like at the time in order to
    make themselves feel great, you know what I mean? They put someone down, said
    that Im nothing, and now, with what Ive turned into and who I am, it makes me
    smile and feel at peace. Whatever negative they put in and installed in me is at
    peace because Ive corrected it and balanced it.Inevitably, growing up in the
    media spotlight has generated both positive and negative headlines. Hamilton is
    a personality like no other in Formula One and increasingly his activities away
    from the race track have attracted as much interest as his performances on it.
    His extensive use of social media provides a window to his remarkable lifestyle,
    through which both fans and critics cant help but gaze.In the days following our
    interview, Hamilton took offence to the way certain publications reported his
    use of Snapchat during a routine press conference and at the next opportunity
    politely informed the media he would no longer be taking their questions. It was
    just the latest chapter in a turbulent relationship with the press that
    stretches back throughout his F1 career.Growing up in the public eye is a
    difficult thing and there are a lot of pitfalls, he says. Ive had great people
    around me who have tried to protect me from falling into them, but even today I
    still fall in them -- its just that I care less. If I do nowadays, it is what it
    is and its fun. As long as its light-hearted then its OK and you can still grow
    from it.Unlike many of his rivals, Hamilton has never attempted to guard his
    emotions in public. Speaking immediately after an engine failure cost him a
    crucial victory in Malaysia last month, his emotions appeared to get the better
    of him and he called on his Mercedes team to come up with an answer. He later
    clarified his remarks and pledged his support to the team, but by that time a
    large proportion of social media had donned its tin-foil hats and started work
    on conspiracy theories to explain the failure. The emotions that create such
    outbursts from Hamilton can be damaging, but he claims they are also linked to
    the very foundations of his talent.Every now and then Ive seen people have an
    opinion about how emotional I get; like I should be more happy even when Ive
    lost, he says. But I think people that comment on that forget how heavily
    invested I am in this sport. Its the same for anyone whatever they are doing,
    its about how much investment they have put in, and my heart has been invested
    in this for 23 years.This has been part of my life since I was eight and it is
    literally an extension of my life and my body. Its really odd, but I feel it. I
    guess thats why Im good at what I do, because I dont just drive with my head, I
    feel it in my heart, I feel it my chest, I feel it in my abs, I feel it in my
    butt, I feel it in my neck, I feel everything. Thats why I love it, because
    there is nothing else that I do that feeds all that and I can get those feelings
    from.Prior to the Malaysian Grand Prix, Hamilton had shown impressive control
    over his emotions. At the opening five rounds of the season two MGU-H failures
    and two poor starts saw him fall 43 points behind teammate Nico Rosberg in the
    drivers standings, only to fight back over the following seven races to score
    six wins and take a 19-point lead ahead of the summer break. Had it not been for
    a mammoth grid penalty at the Belgian Grand Prix -- a hangover from the earlier
    reliability issues -- he may have continued his winning streak after the summer
    break and be leading the championship, but instead he has been unable to regain
    his momentum.People talk about getting on a roll and stuff and undoubtedly its
    true, but when you do it you try not to think about that -- its just like youre
    going from one positive to another. Its like rock climbing, every time you make
    the next step and got to the next one its like a confidence thing that builds
    inside you. Sometimes you miss the next one and you cant get further up the
    wall, but the important thing is you always try again. When Im on that wall
    thats what I do, I always shake it off and try again.You can use so many
    different metaphors in life to describe the way I attack these things, but in
    the past I would often leave a race like Malaysia and struggle a lot more with
    dealing with it and generally dwelling on things. Its the same as when you are
    in a relationship and if you dwell on an argument, its similar emotions. But
    eventually you just learn to take the positives from it and leave the s---
    behind. If anything, its benefitted my life a huge amount.Its also about trying
    not to waste days, because we only have a certain amount of days in our lives
    and every day you spend moping around is one less day you have. We take it for
    granted how many days we have, but I was listening to a song the other day, I
    think it was Alicia Keys, and it said the average days we have is 28,000 or
    something like that. I calculated how many days I had lived and it was nearly
    half of that! I was like Shoot! I need to get living!In the last ten years alone
    Hamilton has lived a remarkable life. Hes earned his millions, travelled the
    world and reached the prime of his Formula One career. But it is the journey
    that has taken him to that point that Hamilton says he values most.We are all
    faced with adversity at some stage in our life and its how you deal with it that
    counts. I think for people who have just started tuning into Formula One or have
    just started following me, they probably have no idea about the grassroots of
    the sport that I came up through, they probably just think I drive for a top
    team, have a great car and they wont know the foundation on which I perform. But
    really what I do today is almost minuscule compared to the journey that I took
    to get here. That was Mount Everest and now Im at the top and dancing around.
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    goal in Saturdays 4-2 win over the Carolina Hurricanes. Leicestershire 247
    (Cosgrove 95*, Davis 4-68) and 301 for 8 (Cosgrove 110, Horton 61, Palladino
    4-64) drew with Derbyshire 307 (Hosein 83*, A Hughes 55, Shreck 4-78) and 286
    for 8 dec (Madsen 134*, Hosein 58)Scorecard Mark Cosgroves courageous century
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    season in the Division Two match at Derby.The Leicestershire skipper defied the
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    losing side when his team slipped to 242 for 8, chasing 347, with 23 overs left.
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    bowlers, to steer Leicestershire to 301 for 8.Any prospect of a Leicestershire
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    day which began with the ground shrouded in mist with the floodlights on.Angus
    Robsons dismal run continued when he was caught behind down the leg side without
    scoring for the second time in the game which was his third consecutive duck and
    his fifth in 11 innings. Harry Dearden was promoted to No. 3 but scored only 2
    before he edged low to first slip where Wayne Madsen took an excellent catch but
    that was Derbyshires last success until eight overs after lunch.Although
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    wicket was Cosgrove who completed a memorable hundred, his fifth of the season,
    when he forced Callum Parkinson through the covers for his 15th four.He survived
    a rapid chance to Madsen at slip on 105 but made only five more before he
    drilled a drive to mid-off and showed his dismay by staying slumped over at the
    crease for several seconds before departing with an angry swish of his
    bat.Eckersleys reaction after he was given out caught behind down the legside
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