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Lewis Hamilton warned by Sir Jackie Stewart not to get carried away with own importance – F1

By Ian Parkes, Press Association PUBLISHED: 10:48 EST, 29 January 2013 | UPDATED: 11:01 EST, 29 January 2013 Sir Jackie Stewart has urged Lewis Hamilton not to get carried away with his own celebrity if he is to propel Mercedes forward this year. Hamilton last week embarked on a new era in his Formula One career at Mercedes after six seasons with McLaren, a team he initially joined at the age of just 13. There is no doubt Hamilton has taken a significant gamble, but the need to savour pastures new has been his driving force in signing up to the German manufacturing giant for the next three years. In black and white: Lewis Hamilton must find the right balance to win titles, according to Sir Jackie Stewart It is also almost certain Hamilton will enjoy greater freedom off track than was the case at McLaren, considering the emphasis placed on sponsorship commitments by the Woking-based marque on their drivers. However, three-times champion Stewart feels Hamilton needs to make sure such liberty does not go to his head. Hamilton can boast a pop-star girlfriend in Nicole Scherzinger and an array of friends from the music world, while there are suggestions he is planning on making his own music. Bearing in mind Hamilton’s desire to transform Mercedes into a winning team, Stewart is hoping the 28-year-old does not let his focus drift elsewhere. New kid on the block: Hamilton ended his association with McLaren to join Mercedes on a three-year deal Stewart said: ‘Personally, if I’d been Lewis, I wouldn’t have left McLaren. ‘But as a 28-year-old, he should know what he is doing now. ‘You just have to be damn careful you don’t get carried away with your own importance, your own celebrity, or your own schedule outside of being in the cockpit. It can be quite intoxicating. ‘What Lewis needs to do is have more consistently good drives, never mind the mechanical issues, and he shouldn’t be distracted, something he should keep in the back of his mind. ‘It’s about who you hang out with, what you do in your off time, how you are committing your off time towards your real time – and your real time is being a racing driver.’ Famous faces: The British racer can boast a pop-star girlfriend in X Factor judge Nicole Scherzinger Such efforts will be noticed by team principal Ross…

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