Jul.18 (GMM/Inautonews.com) Lewis Hamilton has admitted he has deliberately kept his emotions in check in 2012.

Last year, amid his tumultuous 2011 campaign on and off the circuit, the Briton often let his high emotions show publicly — such as when he opined that his run-ins with the FIA could be “because I’m black”.

But so far in 2013, coinciding with a return to form for the 2008 world champion, the McLaren driver seems much more serene, both on and off the circuit.

“I think I made some conclusions from situations that have happened in previous years,” Hamilton is quoted by the Russian website Championat.

“I race just as passionately as ever, but I understand that not everyone in our business wants to see displays of emotion like that.

“I speak naturally from the heart, but not everyone can understand that. Yes, this year my approach has been slightly different.

“I speak through my performances on the track,” he added.