Extra hours in the gym and less time spent on his PlayStation have helped Lando Norris to bulk up and improve as a driver, according to the 21-year-old.
The F1 star has gone through a noticeable transformation since he shot into the limelight two seasons ago, and looks, bigger, stronger, fitter and more ready to battle with the best in the sport.
Like the rest of the field, Norris is currently on a summer break to recharge his own batteries before the next Grand Prix in Belgium at the end of August.
While in the past he would have spent much of his time inside on his games console or laptop, he now makes a point of going out to see people and has "stopped taking life for granted".
Speaking to The Sun, he said: " I realise how much better it is for me to get outside. Playing golf and doing things like that makes life better away from Formula One.
"I still find it enjoyable playing the games — but I’ve stopped taking life for granted and started enjoying it more.
"There is still a kid inside of me because I love games yet my mentality has changed."
Along with fellow British driver George Russell, Norris has been hailed as a star of the sport for years to come and is tipped as a future champion.
He hit the headlines for a much less positive reason recently, thought, when he was mugged for his £40k prototype watch after watching England lose the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
The McLaren driver spoke of his shock at how vulnerable he was at the time, but has been focussing on his driving to help keep the incident from his mind.
And that extra work has been paying off, as Norris sits behind only front-runners Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen in the driver's standings.
He said: " I am not as big as some drivers on the grid, but I am doing more work than I used to. I do what I must to be fit in Formula One.
"Just take Silverstone for example. It is incredibly tough on your neck, and a lot of drivers were leaning their necks after a few laps.
"For me, I know there is a performance deficit when I have to lean my head, my vision goes crazy."
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