Hamilton on COVID: “The year can be over if you miss one or two races”

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Lewis Hamilton says “the biggest part of the pressure of the season” for him has been the COVID-19 pandemic, which has made a “monumental difference” for him.

The COVID-19 pandemic completely changed the world, but also the world of Formula 1 in 2020 and 2021.

Back in 2020 Lewis got infected with the virus and was forced to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix, but by that time he had already won the championship.

Considering how closely the championship has been fought in 2021, if he were to miss a race or two this year, the championship would be over for him.

In an interview with selected media, Lewis said this was one of the big problems for him in 2021.

“I would say the biggest part of the pressure of the season has been the pandemic,” Hamilton explained.

“That’s really made a monumental difference in terms of the isolation, and knowing whether you can or can’t be around people and isolating yourself and people.

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“It’s been quite tough… I would say harder to find a balance in normal life, in and around your work life.

“In some places they are relaxing the rules and then it’s so easy to let your guard down and find yourself in trouble. So like just constantly keeping it on your mind.

“And your social interaction is now different. So my social interaction is different to how it was in the past, because you keep your distance from everyone. Hold your breath around everyone. So it’s definitely, I would say, much, much harder.

“You still live in fear, you know? Everyone I see around me, all my friends, if they miss a day of work, or a week of work, it’s not the year over. Whereas it’s critical for us drivers. The year can be over if you miss one or two races.

“I’ve seen other sportsmen that are also super-relaxed and don’t care. If they get it, they get it, and it’s been really strange seeing that,” concluded the seven-time champion.

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