Speaking ahead of the final race of the year, Lewis Hamilton opened up on a lot of chapters in his life including money, the longevity of his career and his complex personal and professional life.

Hamilton insisted that he does not race for money and having clinched six world titles and 83 Grand Prix victories, his desire to succeed more in Formula One (F1) remains as strong as ever.

"The thing is I never got into it for money. Of course, it is great that piles up - no problem. That is a bonus. As long as those things don't become the lead factor of what I do. The core of what I do is that I love racing. I love the challenge. I love arriving knowing I have got these incredibly talented youngsters who are trying to beat me and outperform me, outsmart me, and I love that battle that I get into every single year," Hamilton said in an interview with BBC.

"And I am working with these guys [his Mercedes engineers] who are so much smarter than me and they make me feel smarter. When I am challenging them and proving them wrong so many times, it is unreal," the Mercedes driver added.

Lewis Hamilton celebrates his sixth world title
Lewis Hamilton celebrates his sixth world title GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Dan Istitene

Recently, when Hamilton asked his followers to turn vegan keeping in mind the current state of planet earth, he received a major backlash and his personal choices were questioned. When the reigning champion was asked how he felt with the reaction, Hamilton said, "I would say I have a very complex life. I'm sure we all have complex lives. But I can't talk about absolutely how complex it is."

"I am trying to be more open about that, as you'll see on my social. But there is a line where it's the limit and for me that one there was slightly over the limit. But I don't regret it. Because I think for those who are following me and are on this journey with me, I don't think showing vulnerability is always a bad thing. They can just see I'm human at the end of the day."