Former Formula 1 champion Sir Lewis Hamilton has posted a message on his social media channels admitting that he is having a difficult start to the season, and that his mental health has taken a hit as a result of this year.
The last few months have not been easy for Lewis Hamilton. Indeed, at the end of last year, he saw the title of world champion slip away from him on the last lap of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, the final round of the season, in incredible conditions that were not easy to digest.
And the return to reality is not easy either. And for good reason, Mercedes seems to have difficulty adapting to the new regulations, as shown by the performances at the beginning of the season with a car that is far from the pace of Ferrari and Red Bull. Not only that, but in a similar vein to Sebastian Vettel when a young hot-shot in Charles Leclerc joined Ferrari, George Russell has hussled his Mercedes W13 F1 car to finish ahead of his senior team mate in the last Grand Prix. As a result, Lewis Hamilton is disappointed, but he tries to put things into perspective.
“It’s difficult some days to stay positive”
“It’s already been such a difficult year with everything going on around us. It’s hard some days to stay positive. I have been struggling mentally and emotionally for a long time: to continue in F1 is a constant effort.
“But we have to keep fighting. We have so much to do and to achieve. I’m writing to tell you that it’s okay to feel the way you do, just know that you are not alone and that we will get through this.
“A friend told me that I have the power to achieve anything I think. But we can all achieve whatever we think. Let’s remember to live in gratitude for another day to come,” he said in a message posted on Instagram.