After the controversial ending of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, which saw Lewis Hamilton unjustly lose his eighth F1 championship due to decisions made by race director Michael Masi, Lewis removed himself from any public appearances (except his knighthood ceremony), and refrained from making any public comments.
Lewis also went silent on his social media channels, which led to widespread speculation that he might not return for the 2022 Formula 1 season.
In an interview with ViaPlay, Lewis explained what went on during this period.
“It was definitely tough,” the Briton said.
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“My winter was a lot of self-reflection… I was surrounded by my family, that was the most beautiful thing. My family really, really reacted and all came around me.
“I wasn’t on my phone, I wasn’t on social media… I was just playing with the kids, building snowmen. We were playing in the water, playing in the waves.
“I continued to train, because that was kind of healthy for my mindset, and a lot of thinking, kind of, ‘What do I want to do next? How do I want to take this?’
“Then, to turn the negative into a positive and be like, ‘Okay, I’m gonna come back and fight’, and then to not have the ability to be able to fight back, and regain what I had fought for last year, has definitely been tough,” Hamilton concluded.