Lewis Hamilton talks about his “terrible” journey to his first world title, but says he is grateful for the experience, as it taught him how to win.
Sky Sports F1 asked Lewis Hamilton to compare his first title-winning season to Max Verstappen’s current title fight.
The Briton won his first world title back in 2008, in only his second year in Formula 1. However, he reveals it was anything but an easy journey.
“My first title? It was horrendous,” Hamilton said.
“The journey was terrible, but he’s what, six years in? I was in my second year.
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“I didn’t have a great structure around me in terms of management, I didn’t have help to know how to handle all these curveballs sent at me. I didn’t have all the experience, I didn’t have all the tools – except the ones in the car.
“But I was learning all these other tools in order how to be a great team-mate, work with a group of people and help them elevate, and all these kinds of things, which was different for me then.
“I’m grateful I’ve had the experiences, I know how to build my team, I know how to win with my team and I know how to enjoy the ups and downs with my team,” concluded the seven-time champion.