Formula One star Lewis Hamilton has opened up on the difficulties he faces, racing amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Hamilton leads the world championship as he looks for his seventh title, winning five of seven races in the rescheduled season.

He posted a message on social media earlier this week revealing he wasn’t finding life easy with the constant travelling and different schedule.

In a social media post, he wrote: "There are two sides to me. First, the one you see on TV. The competitive, cut throat, hungry racer in me that comes out when I close the visor.

"When the visor is down I come alive, all my fears, insecurities, and doubts are cast aside and my focus kicks in and will not break until the job is done.

Lewis Hamilton has won five out of the seven races this season
Lewis Hamilton has won five out of the seven races this season

“It feels like I get to have the superpowers I always dreamed of having, but behind the wheel.

"Second, there’s just me. Someone who is figuring life out day by day, just like you. Trying to find inner peace, manage time, balance work and life, finding time for family and friends, working on managing my emotions, and trying to find time for the other things I am passionate about.

“Like many of you, I'm just trying to and do my best in everything.

"I also have a lot of difficult days. Especially in the bubble that we're currently in. You get lonely, you miss your friends and family, and with back to back race weeks it means there's not much time for anything but work.

“So I'm grateful for the ones closest to me for helping me keep a balance, even if it's just thru text, phone or FaceTime.”

Hamilton is in Monza for this weekend’s Italian Grand Pix, where he could secure the 90th victory of his career.

Lewis Hamilton could win the 90th race of his career this weekend
Lewis Hamilton could win the 90th race of his career this weekend

And he elaborated on his post, saying: "I think as competitors it's not the first thing you think about doing, being open and expressing yourself," said Hamilton.

"But I think it's very important, more important than what's happening here.

"It's not really about me necessarily it's about in the world everybody's struggling with something.

“It's creating parallels you can relate to. No-one can relate to what it feels like in these Formula One cars, it's difficult to explain the things that we are experiencing in the car.

Lewis Hamilton has won six world titles
Lewis Hamilton has won six world titles

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"We arrive and you're on TV for three days and it all looks pretty good, but the fact is you only see the tip of the iceberg. There's all the stuff that goes on in the background.

"So that's what I was trying to convey, that's it's OK to have the difficult days. They're the growing days, I think, the days you find the most growth.

"I think I'm managing. I've got a great group of people around me."