It was a remarkable moment of self-reflection from Hamilton, who has never forgotten his roots, his Stevenage council estate upbringing, even though there are those who would throw that back in his face and tease him with the wealth he has accrued over the years.
The 34-year-old, no matter what you may think of him, is simply flesh and bones like the rest of us, who endures anxious moments, even if the context of his on occasion – such as his struggles in qualifying in the United States Grand Prix on Saturday that led to his self-inquisition – are different to us, shall we say, mere mortals.
Hamilton was later naturally asked to elaborate on his “demons”, and while declining to do so, stating it was “personal”, he did at least expand to some degree, suggesting that it relates to “what we all challenge when you look in the mirror each day, when you feel good or you feel bad for whatever reason”.
He added: “There’s always the darker side that’s always trying to pull you down, and you’re constantly having to wake up… I don’t know how you guys wake up in the morning but I look in the mirror and I’m trying to lift myself up.
“I say ‘Yes, you can do it. Yes, you are great. Yes, you can be fit if you go and put that time in. Yes, you can win this race if you do the right steps and you continue to believe in yourself. No one else is going to do it for you.’
“So it’s just encouraging yourself always, and I’m just trying to show a side that I didn’t understand, that we’re all similar in many ways.”
You could argue it is Hamilton's way of trying to find a common bond, a link with some members of the public who feel they may have lost touch with him over the years after witnessing a man from a humble background become tainted, in their eyes, by the trappings of wealth.
Yet Hamilton is maturing. The flash private jet, for one, has gone. He has also opted to embrace a plant-based diet, a big step for him as a sportsman, and while only a small one for the greater good of mankind, he hopes he inspires many to follow him. One of the positives of fame, you could argue.
It is a maturity that has clearly manifested itself on track, these past two seasons especially.