Lewis Hamilton shares hilarious story about getting ‘absolutely hammered’

Lewis Hamilton's podium at the Australian Grand Prix was his and Mercedes' first of the 2023 season.

With Formula 1 drivers having to stick to strict diets and fitness routines, alcohol is likely something consumed very rarely by those competing at the pinnacle of motorsport, at least during the season.

Even when drivers are working through the junior categories, there is typically a strict diet and lifestyle involved.

Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton is a prime example, with the 38-year-old having “never” entered a pub as a customer during his teenage years.

Whilst he never went to one as a customer, he did work in one when he was 17 years old, something which resulted in a boozy experience.

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Hamilton comically shared during the Australian Grand Prix that he tried “a little bit of everything” on his final day working at the pub, resulting in him becoming “absolutely hammered”.

“I’ve never been into pubs,” he told Fox Sports Australia. “I worked at one when I was 17. I was a bartender.

“I think I was getting like £3.50 (€3.98) an hour or something ridiculous like that. It was minimum wage. It was a good experience. The best part was when I quit.

“On the last day, I cleaned up the bar and I was like, ‘what are these drinks that I’ve been giving everyone?’ I tried everything and my dad had to come and pick me up!

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“I was absolutely hammered. I tried a little bit of everything.”

Whether Hamilton treated himself to a drink after the race at the Albert Park Circuit is an unanswered question; however, he certainly deserved one.

Hamilton claimed his and Mercedes’ first podium of the season in Melbourne last Sunday, after converting his third-place start into a second place finish.

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He did briefly lead following an excellent overtake on Max Verstappen on the opening lap; however, the Dutchman breezed back past just a handful of laps later.

Nevertheless, it was an excellent result for Hamilton, who sits in fourth in the Drivers’ Championship, 20 points ahead of George Russell who retired following a shock engine failure.

With Russell having retired, Mercedes remain third in the Constructors’ Championship, 67 points behind Red Bull.