Lewis Hamilton says his life used to be like “Talladega Nights”

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Lewis Hamilton talks about how much his image of success has changed over the years, and why the difficult 2022 season “has been a really great experience”.

In a recent talk with CountryAndTownhouse.com, Lewis Hamilton was asked how his image of success has changed since the beginning of his F1 career?

“Yeah, that’s actually a really good question, it’s shifted a lot,” the Briton said.

“I think as a kid, I really put a lot of pressure on myself and really felt that you know…

“Have you ever seen Talladega Nights, and he’s like ‘If you ain’t first, you’re last’? Yeah. My life was really like that. I was not happy unless I was first.”

Lewis then explains how he found renewed motivation in the difficulties of the 2022 season.

“This year has been a really great experience. You know, as a team, we’ve not been at the front fighting for wins.

“But we’ve really pulled together more than ever. And we appreciate even more, through these difficult times the small steps that we do take.

“Me and Ange [Angela Cullen], my physio, we qualified forth as our highest qualifying one time this year, and it was so emotional for us. She’s high-fiving everyone.

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“You know, it’s not first but it’s just really acknowledging the steps that you are taking in progress. I think that’s something that we’ve appreciated more than ever this year.

“And eventually, when we finally do get a win, it is going to be that much more enjoyable.

“So, the focus this year has more been about being better teammates, how you keep the morale up, how you stay focused, are you all driven and rowing towards the same common goal?

“And that is the best part of it. It’s the journey, not necessarily the end result. That’s something I will say that I enjoy a lot more now than I ever did before.

“There’s 2000 people on my team so I’m just a link in this chain. And at the end of the day, I’m the one who has to get in and finish off the result.

“And I feel so much pride when I when I’m able to do my part like they have done theirs,” Hamilton concluded.

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