He's had a more than difficult year which has seen him split from long-term girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger.
But now Lewis Hamilton is managing to smile again, and was seen looking in good spirits as he joined his family on a sun-drenched holiday in Sardinia, Italy, earlier this month.
The 28-year-old racing supremo was seen making the most of the warm weather by relaxing with his holiday companions on the deck of the luxury yacht he had chartered.
Getting back on track: Lewis Hamilton managed a smile as he enjoyed a break with family in Sardinia over the weekend
Later, Lewis was seen grinning from ear to ear as he was whipped around on the sea on a Zip Ski ring - a towable water ring.
The break comes ahead of Lewis hoping for victory at Monza this weekend in a bid to repeat last year's display of taking pole position and then continuing to win the Italian Grand Prix.
Pensive: At one point, Lewis looked deep in thought as he went shirtless on the deck of the luxury yacht that he had chartered for the break
Want a go now, Lewis? The racing driver was encouraged onto a jetski by some of his friends
Need for speed:The racing car driver took to the sea track to ride the jet ski
Pro: Used to quick speeds, Hamiton sliced his way through the surf
But it remains to be seen whether Lewis can put his personal dramas behind him and enjoy racing victory once again.
Last month, Lewis dedicated his Hungarian Grand Prix win to Nicole, after admitting his mind was on her all the way through his recent F1 race, and posted a series of emotional posts via Twitter in a bid to win the X Factor judge back.
However, earlier this week, former Pussycat Doll insisted the pair are most definitely over.
Healing power: Lewis is hoping to make a move into the music industry, and was seen clutching a guitar on the deck
Serenading: Lewis sings a song on his guitar while his friends sunbathe without him
Painted man: Lewis wore a white vest top to display the array of tattoos up and down his arms
Get ready: Lewis gears up to max as he bets ready to jump in water
Pen-sieve: One knows Lewis will be thinking of his ex girlfriend Nicole on this holiday
She said: 'It was very sweet of him. The truth is we are no longer together. It is over. I know he's been very public about trying to get me back, but we're still not together.'
One of Lewis' lovelorn tweets stated: If you've found that special someone, don't ever EVER let them go no matter what!! Nothing in this world is more important.'
Despite his best efforts to win her back, Nicole has no plans to start up their relationship again since they parted ways in June.
Getting ready: Lewis will be heading to Monza this weekend hoping for victory at the Italian Grand Prix
With the lads@ The driver beams a wide smile as they had to the boat on one of the speedy dingheesBut she did tell Glamour magazine this week that the split has been anything but easy.
She admitted: 'I've had a blanket of tissues over me many a night and ordered a random, ginormous pizza for myself.
'In any relationship it's easy to lose yourself and it's important to come back to who you are. And you can live your life in freedom and happiness when you're happy with who you are.'
Before the split the relationship was reported to have been on the rocks for a few months, and hit a rough patch when Lewis was spotted partying with ten women in a London hotel at 5am.
Over for good: Despite publicly pleading to get his girlfriend back Lewis is still alone