Lewis Hamilton

A whiff of Formula 1

It is a clear winter's day in January 2011. Its engine roaring, you pilot your McLaren MP4-12C into the hotel driveway. You jump out of the 600 HP car and head for the welcome warmth of the Schweizerhof lobby. A slight exaggeration, perhaps. What is true is that you are Lewis Hamilton. Your German friend and Formula One colleague, Adrian Sutil, is waiting for you at table 21 in the Restaurant Galerie.

After a friendly embrace and much slapping of shoulders, you sit down and fall to talking shop about the forthcoming Formula One season. Following your sensational World Championship title in 2008 – you were the youngest driver at the time – and fifth and fourth rankings in the two ensuing years, you've been working hard with the McLaren team to fine-tune the new silver bullet; you're all keen to get back onto the winners' podium.