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SHANGHAI - Lewis Hamilton is the hottest property in Formula One and in constant demand but insists he has not changed, though sometimes he craves a return to normal life.
The 23-year-old Briton, on the cusp of becoming the youngest Formula One world champion ever, believes he has not been affected by fame and fortune.
"I feel I have that area of my life under control," he said on his website ahead of this weekend's China Grand Prix. "I don't see myself as a celebrity, I feel I'm the same guy I was before I got to F1 - just more measured, maybe.
"Of course, you do get people watching you all the time so you have to be careful about what you say or what you do."
Regarding Sunday's race, Hamilton said: "I think we will be quite strong in China this weekend and closer to Ferrari than we were last year. The same goes for Brazil - so these next two races could show the fans some of the closest racing of the season."
Hamilton's impetuous driving in Japan, where he was slapped with a drive-through penalty for impeding Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the race, sparked suggestions that he was arrogant and a danger to others on the track.
But Hamilton, who needs to score six points more than Felipe Massa on Sunday to become the youngest driver ever to lift the world title, said he was not the person he was made out to be. - Sapa-AFP