5.1 C
Lancashire
Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Lewis Hamilton questions himself after winless season in F1

Lewis Hamilton has questioned whether he still “has it” after a disappointing 2023 with Mercedes.

The seven-time world champion failed to record a single race win for the second season in a row as Max Verstappen continued his dominance in the Red Bull.

It has left Hamilton doubting his ability, but claims those feelings are entirely normal.

Read our other sports news stories here:
Desperate Kompany confident Burnley can beat the drop
Best Football Betting Apps In The UK For 2023
Yorkshire’s Brook lands top award

He told the BBC: “Ultimately when you have difficult seasons like this, there are always going to be moments when you’re like: ‘Is it me, or is it the car? Do you still have it? Has it gone?’

“Because you’re missing that, you know… when the magic happens, when everything comes together, the car and you, and that spark, it’s extraordinary. And that’s what you’re searching for.

“I’m only human. If anyone in the world tells you they don’t have those things, they’re in denial. We’re all human beings.”

Hamilton signed a two-year contract extension in August and, although he admits the lifestyle is getting harder year on year, he insists he’s still motivated to drive at the top level.

“They are frickin’ long seasons. It’s a long time away from everyone. I’ve been doing it 16 years. It’s gruelling,” he said.

“There’s a lot of glitz and glamour and lots of positives but it’s by no means easy to stay at your best, to stay committed, to keep up the training, to continue to deliver. It’s a lot of pressure.

“You’re being scrutinised all the time and I’m in a place in my life where there’s no way I can win.

“If I win a race, it’s: ‘Oh, he’s a seven-time world champion, you got 103 wins.’ If I don’t do well, it’s [criticism]… I can only lose at this point in life. So for sure there was a period of time when I was questioning whether I wanted to go through that.

“[But] I still love driving. I still love getting into the car. When they start the car up and you have all those people around you, the crew, you go down the pit lane, I still get this smile on my face the same as I did the first day I drove.”

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.
spot_imgspot_img

Latest

Corporate Payroll Solutions that Help your Business Stay Competitive

In the competitive world of business, staying ahead of...

Innovations in Oven Cleaning: Staying Ahead of Industry Trends

Business success comes with prudent choices. One such choice...

Man jailed for life after murdering his father in Preston

A man has been jailed for life for murdering...

The Fastest Growing Automotive Market Segment: Electric Vehicles

In today's rapidly evolving automotive landscape, hybrids and EVs...
spot_img

Subscribe to our newsletter

Business Lancashire will use the information you provide on this form to be in touch with you and to provide updates and marketing.

Don't miss

Elevating Visa Acquisition Success: INTO’s PASS Strategy for Prospective US Students

INTO University Partnerships is proactively assisting international students in...

Book Technologies Inc. Takes Over Leeds and Manchester Taxi Companies

In a notable development, Book Technologies Inc. has acquired...

Grand National 2025: CopyBet New Customer Offer Bet 10 Get 50

During this great festival, there tends to be a...

incspaces launches all-in-one Virtual Office and Desk Space subscription

incspaces, a leading provider of innovative workspace solutions, is...

More News

Best UK Football Betting Sites For 2024

Football is the UK's biggest and most popular sport. This, of course, comes hand in hand wither people wanting to bet on football. Due...

Best Betting Sites UK for April 2024

It isn't an understatement when we say that the gambling and bookmaking industry has evolved and adapted to more and more changes in the...

Best Betting Apps for iOS & Android on Mobile in the UK April 2024

This article is for those who wish to have an easy betting experience and wish to have the option to bet on the go....