Lewis Hamilton says the Abu Dhabi GP was “a traumatic experience”

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Lewis Hamilton says the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will “always be with me”, because it can be traumatic “when you lose something that you’ve worked hard for”.

At the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Lewis Hamilton lost the 2021 title to Max Verstappen, after the race director disregarded and ultimately broke the rules that govern the use of the Safety Car.

In an interview with Channel 4, Lewis says the event has left scars.

“That will always be with me,” Hamilton said.

“I think that’s when anyone experiences this trauma, because it can be a traumatic experience when you lose something that you’ve worked hard for, whatever it may be.

“So I think that will always be a part of me, but I would like to think that I’ve gained strength from it, I would say.

“It’s not something I’m looking back on and thinking about ever to be honest. I’m just looking forward.

“What I am grateful for is still the love that I have for my job, for the sport, and the support that I have within the sport but also seeing the change that’s slowly starting to happen.”

Unfortunately 2022 didn’t start well for Lewis, as Mercedes’ car has been plagued with a myriad of issues, not the least of which has been porpoising.

However, he doesn’t find this discouraging, because he has had tough times in his career before.

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“To me, it doesn’t feel that way because my life has not always been like you have seen in seven years. It’s not always been like that.

“Of course I’ve had a lot of success throughout my career but you just change, prioritise differently, you change your expectations, and you adjust and you dig in.

“That’s what we’re doing as a team. We’re just like, huddling together and we’re working. And it’s actually it’s just different.

“There are people in my team who have only known success, winning championships, because they were young…

“But there are people who have been with the team for 20 plus years, who have been through the struggles and know, kind of revisiting partly…

“Obviously it’s not as bad as it perhaps was many, many years ago, but this is actually a really interesting period of time where we’re pulling together with strength in other areas that perhaps, when you are winning like we were, you have some good time to focus on improving, like teamwork for example,” the Briton concluded.

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