When you first start out in this business, you feel invincible. Almost like a young bull.

You seek to harness that because, that’s what makes you seriously tick and competitive, and allows you to get the best out of yourself in those pressure-filled moments.

The attitude of winning-at-all-costs is what positions many young athletes towards success. Of course, it can also be their downfall.

In my case, it was neither.

However, I’ve always tried not to take the sport so seriously.

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Don’t get me wrong – I understand the needs for elite standards but where possible, I remain upbeat, and keep that enthusiasm and aggression for when I truly need it most.

Because when you get to my age, you realise success is to be enjoyed. As Supercars drivers, we get to do what we love for a living, and before we know it we will wake up one day and will no longer be behind the wheel.

So I tend to not be so uptight during most of the events now. I aim to stay calm and not overthink things out of my control. Focus on what I can, but not waste energy on unnecessary distractions. I’ve learnt to channel my energy more productively, enjoy the ride and be constructive.

Because the world of Supercars can be a fickle business; everyone wants to know you when you’re on the podium, and then have nothing to do with you when you’re having a tough time.

It’s all due to the commercial pressures in our sport; much of which I actually have no problem with, because racing wouldn’t be where it is without the amazing support of all our commercial partners.

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I’ve simply learned to control what is in my control, and accept that there are people out there who might not necessarily be fans of mine. And that is totally okay. You’re never going to be everyone’s cup of tea, and not everyone really cares for the “full story”.

At the end of the day, it results on the track that people are glued too.

Teams can be so quick to appoint you as the new leader or a silver bullet when things are going well, and just as quick to give you the right act when things aren’t going so well.

It’s an industry where so many elements need to come together, and everyone needs to stick together as a team, to remain calm in tough situations to keep confidence and faith in one another to grind it out.

Early in my career I experienced a lack of patience or basic human performance skills from those in my team. There was no effort to understand the human element, just a quick ability to find a scapegoat.

Once you go down this path, it’s hard to turn back. Trust and respect is gone.

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It’s not hard to feed a person’s ego, and I definitely remember getting caught up in the positive coverage early on in my career.

It threw me around a bit, because I still remember when the negative press started to fall my way. I couldn’t quite understand how and why reporters were so quick to write me off after a few bad races.

In hindsight, what I should have done was block out the noise. But I didn’t. I couldn’t. I craved that positive coverage after being exposed to it, and I really let their words get to me when I shouldn’t have.

But over the years I’ve learned to deal with it a lot better, while in the process also appreciating the difficult role the media has the play in our sport.

As a natural-born competitor, I simply look to stay in my bubble and only listen to those closest to me.

Just like most other drivers, I still get nerves before every race.

Even after all the years I’ve been doing this, you never feel totally comfortable. You never feel secure, even after a podium finish.

You’re just rolling with it year by year, and seeking how improvements in all aspects an be made, in and out of the car.

What I have pressed already, is that I have pretty thick skin – I deal with difficult situations quite well and like to pass on my experiences to the next generation, when they ask, to help them be better on and off the track.

As mentioned, I know there are people who have forged an opinion of me over my career.

If I can change that, then great. If not, well that is okay too.

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I consider myself quite a loyal person, so I suppose the only thing that makes me feel uncomfortable would be the notion that some people would consider me disloyal for the process of changing teams.

I feel there’s no point in going into great detail as I’ve found no matter what you say someone will find a way to twist the words and turn it on you.

All I would say is each and every one of my situations of changing teams, and there’s only been a couple, is much because of the conversations that take place behind closed doors, that fans and supporters are not privy to.

All Supercar drivers have to make decisions based on the information that is available to them, and I suppose that is one thing that I feel as though fans and the media have never quite understood.

There is a business side to our sport, that I think we all need to accept.

Drivers get absolutely hammered and thrown under the bus when they change teams, and it doesn’t necessarily bother me, but I’d love to see if there are ways in future we can all deal with it better.

I can only speak from my own circumstances, and I feel comfortable sharing with you all that in the instance of me changing teams.

It’s important to note that every situation is different; it’s a business after all. One negotiation was complicated by ownership change and manufacture support finished. One other was a team in financial strife, where I was asked by the ownership to look elsewhere as it’s future was very uncertain. And basically the smaller the teams are the more they are unstable.

Never has it ever been due to a breakdown in a relationship. I’ve had great relationships and success at every team I’ve been with.