Lewis Hamilton’s raw confession after winning again in Formula 1: “I couldn’t get out of bed, I thought I was no longer good”

Lewis Hamilton’s raw confession after winning again in Formula 1: “I couldn’t get out of bed, I thought I was no longer good”
Lewis Hamilton’s raw confession after winning again in Formula 1: “I couldn’t get out of bed, I thought I was no longer good”

Lewis Hamilton’s excitement after his return to victory in Formula 1 after two and a half years

If there was a Grand Prix in which Lewis Hamilton He had to return to victory in Formula 1 That was in Britainat home and with all the warmth of their fans. It was the right place and time to redeem themselves after two and a half years since their last victory. After their relief and an emotional celebration at the Silverstone Raceway The seven-time world champion acknowledged that he had experienced very difficult days during this drought with Mercedesthe team that dominated the Liga for seven consecutive seasons between 2014 and 2020.

It was a long process of almost 1000 days of personal and professional struggle, until his recent victory this Sunday. “I’ve never cried after a win, but it just came out of me. And it’s a really great feeling.”he said after his victory, which came 17 years after his first in F1. The Englishman acknowledged that this victory is especially significant because of the mental and emotional challenges he has faced.

The British driver has been candid about his mental health, revealing that there were days when he found it impossible to get out of bed. “I even spent some time with mental health problems, there were days when I couldn’t get out of bed, I thought I wouldn’t be here again, that everything was over”confessed Hamilton, who celebrated his 104th victory as if it were the first of his career.

Crowds frolic over Lewis Hamilton’s victory at the British Grand Prix

The scene on the podium of Silverstone It was moving. Hamilton He could barely contain his emotion as he hugged his mother and father and sent emotional messages over the radio. This moment has been one of the highlights of the season. “The first one means a lot, in every team I have been in, and the ones for the title, but I think today is the most important”the pilot said.

After the controversial ending in Abu Dhabi in 2021, when he lost what would have been his eighth title at the hands of Max Verstappen (Red Bull), Hamilton He experienced a period of introspection and recovery, where he even doubted his ability to return to the top. “There were days where I thought it could be the end and I am glad I persevered”he explained. The recent victory, therefore, takes on a special meaning in his career, revitalizing his energy for future challenges.

In 2022, there was a drastic change in regulations and the return of the ground effect after 40 years (Editor’s note: system that allows the car to go close to the ground and gain speed in the curves), allowed Red Bull make a difference by taking into account Adrian Neweyone of the few engineers who worked with this variant that has such an impact on the aerodynamics of single-seaters. Newey, one of the best technicians in the history of F1 and the “father” of the cars of the Austrian team that won the world championship.

The post that Lewis Hamilton made this Monday in which he mentioned his 104 victories (@LewisHamilton)

This allowed him to Verstappen y Red Bull be the duo to beat in 2022 and 2023. But in 2024, despite winning seven races, Max has strong opponents given the leaps in quality in the performance of Mercedes y McLaren. This allowed him to Hamilton renew hopes and their victory in Silverstone Not only did it mark a return to winning ways, but it also provided a dose of motivation for his possible future with Ferrari. “What I can say is that I won’t give up. I feel like I’m making the right decisions with my life, with how I prepare myself and how I manage my time.”he said, highlighting his continued commitment to his current team and love for his job.

The difficulties of Hamilton are not new. In 2020, during the pandemic lockdown, she had already spoken about her mental health issues. She said at the time, “It is never bad to ask for help if you need it or to tell someone how you feel”highlighting the importance of not hiding vulnerabilities, but rather seeing them as an opportunity to become stronger.

Hamilton reinforces the importance of resilience and staying positive, even in the most difficult times. “There were definitely days between 2021 and now where I felt like I wasn’t good enough or that I wasn’t going to get back to where I am today”reflected on the arduous road traveled.

This victorious return is a reminder of the competitive spirit and determination of Hamiltonqualities that have defined his career in the F1His commitment to the sport and his team remains intact, and his most recent triumph is proof of his ability to overcome adversity and revalidate his place among the best drivers in the history of motorsport.

 
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