It was a hard pill to swallow for Lewis Hamilton after what happened in Abu Dhabi last year. The season was on a knife edge going into the last race on the season with both the championship protagonists looking well equipped to defeat the other. But, only one of them could win the championship after an enthralling and one of the best F1 seasons in a long, long time.
Unfortunately for Lewis Hamilton, he couldn’t get over the line. Max Verstappen pipped him to claim his first world championship in controversial circumstances. It was case of so close, yet so far for the seven time world champion, who had the chance to rewrite the history books and beat the Michael Schumacher’s record of winning seven world championships.
At the end of the season, there were a lot of speculations and rumors around his future as to will Lewis Hamilton return to F1 or not? But, like the warrior he is, Lewis Hamilton decided to come back to the sport that has been his life. But he has confirmed that the path back hasn’t been as easy as it looks on the face. We all agree that it was heartbreaking defeat and it could easily have dismantled the seven time world champion.
Lewis Hamilton reflects on his painful experience after the traumatic Abu Dhabi GP in 2021
Talking about his journey, Lewis Hamilton said that he was severely affected during that period, he said, “I think when anyone experiences trauma..because you know it can be- its a traumatic experience when you lose something that you worked hard for. I think that will always be a part of me but I would like to think that I’ve gained strength from it”
“My dad put a value inside me about never giving up, and the easiest thing to do is to give up. But it’s not how you fall, it’s about how you get up.”
“In that moment for me, no matter how painful it was – and it was so, so painful – just knowing there would be a kid watching… me shaking his hand just shows there is strength within regardless and I’m going to rise again.”
Lewis Hamilton is a role model for a lot of youngsters who dream of becoming a F1 driver. This act of strength will serve as an inspiration and also as a learning lesson.