Cape Town - Lewis Hamilton has conceded that his performance levels did
take a dip once he wrapped up a fourth World Championship, but has "zero
concerns" ahead of 2018.
The Brit won the title at the Mexico Grand Prix, where he
finished in ninth spot, and finished P4 and P2 respectively in the final two
races of the 2017 season.
That little winless streak means that Hamilton is still yet
to win a race after being crowned World Champion, but he is not concerned at
all about that particular statistic.
"There's zero concern," Hamilton said.
"I think it's clear that something happens once you've
won the championship.
"And all I can say is the week after I won the
championship I partied a lot, with my family, and celebrated, and that's what
"I have tried my hardest to stay on it but I wouldn't
say it was 100% of what it was while in the season.
"You want to enjoy it. I do still try and turn up and
do the job but it's not so easy.
"I can tell you that before all the other races that
was not the case."
Even though Hamilton's approach to races was affected as a
result of his celebrations, he will be able to quickly switch back to the
mentality that made him a champion.
He added: "So sleep, energy has definitely been
different on these last couple of races. But nonetheless I still tried to
approach them the same.
"But if you don't prepare the same, there's no way.
"So I'm not bothered about that. And next year that
will go back to how it was in the second half of the season."