World race car champion Lewis Hamilton is thriving on a plant-based diet, which he credits for his optimal physical health. The 35-year-old athlete went vegan in 2017 and holds six Formula One championship titles. “I think my health has just got better and better over the last couple of years as I’ve gone to the plant-based diet,” Hamilton told Express UK. “I focused on having consistent good solid meals; I had a chef during the winter so that was really why it was particularly a better period of time for me but I do feel a large part of the reason I have gone that way is because of the environment and for the animals.” Hamilton explained that he has thrived on a plant-based diet despite claims that he would lose muscle due to lack of protein, a concept he called “absolute rubbish” before stating, “I’m able to lift more weight than I’ve ever done before and I [have] been able to run further than I’ve ever been able to run before.” In addition to being vocal about the health benefits of a plant-based diet, Hamilton often urges his millions of fans to go vegan for the animals and environment. This month, Hamilton was preparing to race in the Australian Grand Prix—which has now been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While in Australia, the athlete visited WIRES Wildlife Rescue Organization—an animal rehabilitation and rescue nonprofit Hamilton previously supported with a $500,000 donation—to witness for himself the devastation caused by Australia’s climate-change driven wildfires.