Lewis Hamilton was so close yet so far from the record 8th world champion which would have made him an out and out leader in that list going the past the record of the ever so mercurial Michael Schumacher.
But that wasn’t destined to be as he was denied in the last lap of the race when Michael Masi, former formula 1 race director took a controversial decision in contravention to the letter and the spirit of the law, which eventually handed him the sacking after a thorough investigation by the FIA.
Lewis Hamilton was at the receiving end of that controversy. It would have been pretty easy for him to lash out at the moment but he kept his composure as he went through turmoil of emotions when he gulped down the defeat and more importantly the manner of the defeat.
Lewis Hamilton accepts the defeat with grace, forgets the past and moves on with the business that needs to be done
He has been a class figure on and off the track and there’s no one who can question that. Although he accepted the defeat with grace but we still need to remember that he’s just a human being and a human being with elite winning mentality.
Recently, he was asked about the chat that he had Max Vertsappen post the Abu Dhabi grand prix.
Lewis Hamilton said in the interview, “No, I absolutely didn’t watch the race. It was something that was really clear in my mind.”
“The experience replayed in my mind in the coming weeks. After the race, I don’t remember what I said to Max. It was all a blur after that.”
“And yeah, I haven’t revisited it. I particularly don’t want to go backwards. I want to look forward,” as reported by skysportsF1.
Just like any other human being, Lewis Hamilton was clearly not in the right state of mind after the excruciating loss but the learning that come out of this is that how important is to forget what has happened in the past and focus on the present to be able to compete at the highest level.