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Lewis Hamilton reveals he rarely drives on normal roads outside of F1 track as Mercedes star ‘finds it more stressful’

LEWIS HAMILTON has revealed that he rarely drives on normal roads outside of F1 circuits as he finds it too stressful.

The seven-time World Champion, 37, has made tearing round tracks and overtaking rivals at nearly 200mph look easy in his long career.

Lewis Hamilton’s struggles on normal roads are not reflected on F1 circuits, where he has often been a cut above the rest

He is among the most experienced drivers on the current grid – and has the record to back up his skills.

But the Brit made the ironic confession that while the high-speed, twisting roads of Silverstone during a Grand Prix weekend do not scare him, normal roads do.

Hamilton admitted to Vanity Fair that the experience of driving in a normal road car left him feeling under too much pressure.

He said: “I just think I find it stressful. I try not to do things that don’t add to my life.”

Driving around the south of France during his interview, he added to the magazine: “This is now stressful for me. This road is crazy. So much going on here.

“I’m going to turn around in a second. Look, we’re on these roads, anything can happen.

“People say: ‘Dude! You drive around at 200 miles an hour!’ And I’m like, in terms of fear factor, that’s easy for me. I guess we’re just all wired differently.”

Despite his road concern, Hamilton is still known to be a big collector of different vehicles and has in his collection Ferrari LaFerrari, a McLaren P1 and an MV Agusta bike.

As he tries to become more environmentally conscious, the star will now mostly only drive his electric Mercedes EQC.

The 37-year-old also revealed it was not just normal driving which unsettled him, and revealed his long-term fear of spiders.

It’s been a below-par season for Hamilton, who saw rival Max Verstappen clinch his second consecutive title last month.

He currently sits fifth in the rankings after failing to win a single race.

And Hamilton’s hopes of ending his duck at the Brazilian GP were hit when teammate George Russell beat him to the chequered flag by just over 1.5 seconds.