Lewis Hamilton reveals his complex relationship with Formula 1. Despite tough times, the Mercedes star cherishes small victories, like his recent pole position, fueling his ongoing passion in his 18th F1 season.
Hamilton admits to having a love-hate relationship with Formula 1. The Mercedes driver continues to enjoy his time in the sport but acknowledges experiencing tough moments as well. These challenging times, however, have made him appreciate the small victories even more. Hamilton notably celebrated his pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Entering his eighteenth season in Formula 1, Hamilton extended his contract with Mercedes last year, ensuring his stay with the successful German team for the coming years. The Mercedes driver, who previously stated he wouldn’t race beyond forty, now appears not ready to retire. Earlier this month, the Stevenage native turned 39.
“I never thought that after such a long time in Formula 1, I would still feel the same love for the sport,” the Mercedes driver confesses in FORMULA 1 Magazine. However, Hamilton has faced plenty of difficult moments. Sometimes, these make him want to walk away from the sport. “It’s a love-hate relationship, varying at times. I think there comes a point when you’ve had enough. But the love is still there.”
The difference from 2007 is quite significant. Not only has the driver aged seventeen years, but Hamilton also understands what he wants in life. “I was a fast driver, but sometimes I didn’t feel great personally. You’re still discovering who you are, who you want to be. Today, I know that, I know what I want in life. I am, in any case, a much happier person than before.”
Hamilton enjoys success more.
The tough times have led Hamilton to savor success more deeply. This success has been elusive due to Red Bull Racing’s dominance. While Hamilton won at least one race each year from 2007 to 2021, he has been winless since the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Last year, he achieved pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix, but lost the lead to Max Verstappen in the first corner.
However, Hamilton was very pleased with his pole position. “Absolutely. Because as much as you try to appreciate everything that comes your way, it’s when things go against you, when you’ve had tough times, that you really appreciate it. So, I think it’s natural that the pole in Hungary felt extra good, especially since I had missed it for so long,” says Hamilton. Mercedes hopes to challenge Red Bull next season with a completely different car concept.
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