“Always Believe In Being True to Yourself…”: Macho Lewis Hamilton Once Challenged the Concept of Masculinity in Heartfelt Confession

Published 01/22/2023, 7:15 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – November 19, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of practice REUTERS/Aleksandra Szmigiel

It is hard to match the engagement Lewis Hamilton has on social media for individuals in F1. With over 31 million followers on Instagram and almost 8 million on Twitter, Hamilton often keeps the fans updated with the latest in his life. Though, the macho Mercedes legend also gets vulnerable at times to his fans. People often scrutinize and criticize the best personalities on social media. Even the 7-time champion has not been able to evade this wrath of social media. But it did not stop him from being transparent and vulnerable.

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In a 2020 interview with Style magazine Corriere, Hamilton cited challenged the concept of masculinity and how he tackles it on social media. He said, “I always believe in being true to yourself and others, and being transparent on social media is part of that. Being in my position, yes you are opening yourself up to scrutiny, but I know that my fans consistently support me and have my back.”

The Briton stated how the idea of masculinity has also changed recently. So, if he is being vulnerable, it is not a sign of his weakness. He quoted in his heartfelt confession, “There is strength in showing your vulnerability.”

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Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – October 27, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the grand prix REUTERS/Henry Romero

While Lewis keeps the private details of his life under wraps, he is still relatively open about most aspects. Be it his off-track ventures, vacations, and in general how he feels from time to time. Everything is posted by the Mercedes man on his social media.

Lewis has developed solidarity since his childhood days. Despite that when he faced adversities lately with the last 2 F1 seasons, the Briton has experienced breakdowns. Still, the multiple world champion lives on to fight another day, even at 38.

Can Lewis Hamilton overcome the Mental Baggage of 2021-22 in the upcoming season?

In the last 2 years, Lewis Hamilton has gone through a roller coaster of emotions. On one hand, he broke the 100-mark of pole positions and race wins in F1. While, on the other hand, the Mercedes driver has experienced heartbreaks with the 2021 title decider loss and the struggling 2022 campaign.

Formula One F1 – Belgian Grand Prix – Spa-Francorchamps, Spa, Belgium – August 28, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after retiring from the race REUTERS/Johanna Geron

Especially in 2022, Hamilton felt frustrated carrying the baggage of the previous season’s loss against Max Verstappen. Still, he managed to keep the optimism for a much-anticipated comeback this year.

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But, the major question is that can Lewis overcome this mental baggage to fight for the title? On the outside, he certainly looks determined to bury the ghosts of the recent past. For 2023, his priority will be to focus on a championship challenge.

He will require the assistance of his team to channel his focus well. While it may not happen as he expects it, Lewis needs to keep the positivity going if he looks to leave all these ghosts behind.

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Hamilton would hope his latest trip to Antarctica helps him gain some good vibes. Nonetheless, it will be the speed and adrenaline of the Mercedes car that may give him the most positivity on track. What do you think? Can Lewis Hamilton beat his demons in 2023?

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Aishwary Gaonkar

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Aishwary Gaonkar is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his postgrad, he has set out to venture into the world of Sports Journalism. He is an ardent fan of F1 and has been following the most prestigious form of motor racing for over a decade now.

Edited By: Varunkumaar Chelladurai

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