Motor Racing: I've got my feet on the ground - Lewis; FORMULA ONE.
Hamilton may have set all kinds of rookie records during his debut season, including a run of nine successive podium finishes, but it ultimately ended in heartache as he missed out on the world title by a point to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
Although it will long remain an astonishing campaign, on reflection the 23-year-old knows there were times when he was far from grounded as the occasion got the better of him.
Asked as to what he feels makes him a stronger title contender this year, with him currently five points clear of Raikkonen, the McLaren star replied: "The knowledge. Last year I was on cloud nine the whole year. I remember coming back after the summer break and I was still floating.
"This weekend I have my feet on the ground.
I've not done anything crazy over the last two weeks, just relaxed. I know what I have to do, and that is to hit this race hard."
The European Grand Prix takes place around Valencia's marina on Sunday.