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Lack of 'baggage' helping Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton: "I don't have any particular problems going on in my life" © Press Association
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Lewis Hamilton says he is enjoying a more successful season in 2012 than last season because he doesn't have "any baggage".

2011 was an inconsistent season as off-track issues began to affect Hamilton's on-track performance. This year, however, Hamilton has delivered on a regular basis even though the car has not been competitive at times, and he said that he's learnt from last season in order to avoid a repeat of his problems.

"Every year you finish the season and you try to analyse what you've been through and what you've done, and try to take away the positives from what you've done," Hamilton is quoted by Autosport. "Then you try to channel those and then improve on the things that you didn't do so well."

Hamilton also revealed that a change of professional approach with his McLaren team had helped his performances.

"I've always said it's a combination not just of things you do at the track, but it's your personal life out there, time at home, time with friends, those sort of things. I've strengthened bridges and relationships with people, not only in my personal life but also in my team. I've been working with the engineers better this year and all of that stuff has just helped.

"I don't have any particular problems going on in my life, or any baggage - and last year I had a big, big sack. Fortunately I've dumped that in the dumpster and it's all good now."