In an interview with Vanity Fair, Lewis Hamilton opened up about how he felt after he unjustly lost the 2021 championship at the final race of the season in Abu Dhabi, following controversial decisions by race director Michael Masi.
“You see things start to unfold and my worst fears came alive,” the Briton said.
“I was like, there’s no way they’re going to cheat me out of this. There’s no way. That won’t happen. Surely not. I don’t know if I can really put into words the feeling that I had.
“I do remember just sitting there just in disbelief. And realizing I’ve got to undo my belts, I’ve got to get out of there, I’ve got to climb out of this thing, I’ve got to find the strength.
“I had no strength and it was one of the toughest moments, I would say, that I’ve had in a long, long time.”
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Asked if he felt cheated, Lewis said:
“I knew what had happened. I knew what decisions had been made and why. Yes, I knew that something wasn’t right.”
However, one bright spot was Lewis’ interaction with his father Anthony, immediately after he got out of his car.
“He embraced me, and I think he was like, ‘I want you to know how proud I am of you’.
“Having your father embrace you in that way is one of the most profound things I’ve ever… especially as you’ve grown up not many times having that,” Hamilton concluded.