Lewis Hamilton high on watermelon juice and cognac post F1 title
That's how Mercedes' Formula One champion celebrated his second world title last evening with pop star girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and family in tow
Abu Dhabi: Lewis Hamilton celebrated his Formula One title triumph with watermelon juice, a couple of sips of Cognac and by swapping stories of his formative years in go-karting.
Kiss of love: Mercedes GP's Lewis Hamilton is kissed by his stepmother Linda (left) and girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger (right) after he won the F1 world championship in Abu Dhabi, UAE on Sunday. Pics/Getty Images
The morning after becoming a double world champion the night before, Hamilton looked as fresh as a daisy at a 9am press conference here. Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff looked a little worse for wear after his own celebrations at the end of a tough season on and off the track.
For Hamilton, becoming the 16th man in the 65-year history of F1 to win at least two titles had still to sink in. "It's an incredible feeling. The sun is shining and I feel really blessed. I've not looked in depth at my phone, but it's gone crazy with all the messages, emails and texts.
It will take the next couple of weeks to get through them," said Hamilton, adding that there was no big drinking session for him at the team's after-race party. "I had a great evening. It was quite busy at the track, there was so much energy within the team.
Then I came back with my family and had a nice dinner and reminisced over the different things we experienced over the years. We talked about sitting in the back of the (karting) trailer with flasks of chicken noodle soup and sitting by the gas heater; shaking dad's hand before heading on track, all the stages we went through.
"Then I popped out to the party. I got to hang with everyone, my brother, family, my girlfriend, and we left quite early as we had this press conference. I feel fresh, I only had one drink on Sunday night. I don't drink champagne. I had a watermelon juice, which is my favourite.
Then at the party there was some kind of Cognac thing, so I poured a little, but it didn't taste very nice, so I had a couple of sips. I don't really drink either, so if I'd had any more it takes me days to recover."