After the Abu Dhabi GP madness, Hamilton confirms his trauma to the media, again. Formula 1 makes its return this weekend at the Belgian Grand Prix. Last season’s runner-up, Lewis Hamilton, reflects philosophically on his defeat by Max Verstappen. The British driver was really traumatised, he was devastated. He gives a poignant account of his emotions.
After the summer break, Formula 1 made a stopover at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. Lewis Hamilton gave an interview to the local television station. After being stripped of his world championship title by Max Verstappen in the final race in Abu Dhabi last season, Hamilton was literally traumatised by the race scenario.
He was devastated at the end of what could have been his eighth world title, but still had a glimmer of hope. “At that moment, my world fell apart. I couldn’t understand what had happened, the emotions I was feeling. What was happening inside me was very hard to bear. But something was telling me to get up. It doesn’t matter how you fall, it matters how you get back up. That’s how you always get up,” he told RTBF.
Hamilton fought against himself to get out of his car and congratulate his rival.
“I used all my strength to get out of the car. I know that kids like me when I was eight were watching and that what I was doing out there could have an impact on what they do,
“I’m glad for that moment and I was very surprised at how it was received. But it was genuine. I’m a driver at heart and what we do as drivers is nothing, nothing we can do to control what the powers that be do,” admits the Mercedes driver.
Looking for his first win this season, the Briton says he is in the form of his life and is confident he will win this season.
“It’s important to think that it’s not just about winning. Yes, that’s part of our goal, but the road to get there is more important,
“I’ve come a long way since last year, from this last race to the beginning of the year. Also the difficulties encountered this year,
“The improvements with the team, the sport, the fans make it a very very good year. Even if the results are not as good as in the past. I have no doubt that we will win again. It’s just a matter of time. I am here, for the second part of the season, in the best condition of my life. I feel more serene and focused than ever,
“We will be very offensive in the second half of the season. I will not finish this season without a victory”, he promised RTBF.