Lewis Hamilton on how the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP changed him

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Ahead of the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked how the controversial finish of last year’s race changed him.

Last year at Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton lost the title fight to Max Verstappen in the last lap of the race, after race director Michael Masi disregarded the rules which govern the use of the safety car.

The controversial finish led to a period of media silence from Lewis, with the media even questioning it he will return in 2022. He ultimately did return, but the controversy did not subside, as the race is still being talked about.

At the 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix press conference Lewis was asked how much he’s changed as a person as a result of what happened, and if it changed his “attitude to racing, confidence within the organisation, attitude to F1 or anything else”?

“I don’t think so,” Lewis answered.

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“I think at the beginning maybe but yeah, I think my love for the sport is still the same. And I think my commitment and time here hopefully is showing that.

“I think it’s just been a much, much different year, one that naturally none of us in the team expected.

“And it’s taught us lessons that we, again, hadn’t realised that we didn’t have or hadn’t experienced in the past. And I think it’s just made us stronger.

“I think it’s been a really positive year in that respect,” Hamilton concluded.

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