Lewis Hamilton says winning is not the addictive part of Formula 1, instead it’s the “ride of emotions you have with each and every individual within your team”.
Lewis Hamilton has won over 50 percent of races in Formula 1 since the turbo-hybrid era started in 2014. It’s not surprising then that he was asked if he found winning to be addictive.
“I don’t think it is the winning that is the addictive part,” the Briton said.
“Maybe when you are younger that is probably the thing you are chasing all the time and, of course, that is what we are chasing.
“But I think it is what is going on in the background that people don’t necessarily get to see. It’s that grafting, that ride of emotions you have with each and every individual within your team, both at the track and at the factory.
“It is quite a long-distance relationship you have with people at the factory because there are so many and, naturally, you dont get to see them all the time but you are all in the same boat rowing in the same direction.
“It is that journey and then seeing the happiness on people’s faces when you have the success, that’s probably the part that is contagious and something I would say I mostly chase.”
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Lewis goes on to explain how he believed he would “experienced great success” when he moved from McLaren to Mercedes, but even he could not imagine the level of success they would achieve together.
“I could never have expected or imagined we would have the success we have had but when you look at the group of people I get to work with, it is no surprise.
“The energy within the team, if you look at HPP [High Performance Powertrains], what they have been able to do over all this time, and continuously year upon year, has been really inspiring to see.
“We have all had to bring our A-game time after time and that is what is exciting about this sport.
“Every year is a new challenge and technology is continuing to advance and we have been at the forefront of that.
“Naturally, I feel really grateful,” concluded Hamilton.