Lewis Hamilton: “I am competing with myself”

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In an interview with Italian Style magazine Lewis Hamilton was asked who has been his “toughest rival” in Formula 1.

“I have driven against some very talented drivers over the years and all come with their own challenges,” said Hamilton.

“But ultimately, I am competing with myself: I am my toughest critic.

“I’ve always been a passionate, hungry and determined racer. That will never change. But it would be crazy to say that I haven’t learned anything along the way.

“When I was younger it was more difficult for me to deal with setbacks, I’d take things personally and had a tendency to beat myself up about it.

“Now I know that every defeat is just another chance to improve.”

At 35 years of age, the Briton says his experience is helping him fend off younger challengers like Max Verstappen and Charles Leclerc.

“I think sometimes people confuse aggression with passion. To be successful in this sport you have to be passionate when racing and have the mentality to push yourself to win.

“The younger generation will always want to challenge the older drivers and leave their mark, but when speed is the key contending with experience is never easy,” concluded Hamilton.

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