F1 Titan Lewis Hamilton Is Also Dubbed the Eagle, Here’s Why

Published 08/14/2022, 7:55 AM EDT
Motor racing – Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 28, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo

All racing stars kick-start with a big dream at the karting tracks; to reach the top flight of racing and outshine every rival along the way. However, it is not all who get to live the dream and call themselves an F1 driver. To achieve glory, athletes need to prove they want it more than anyone else out there and a child from Stevenage named Lewis Hamilton did exactly that!

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It’s not only the color of his skin or the records of the Brit that make him stand out from the rest. The seven-time world champion is at the peak of his sport because he puts his blood, sweat, and tears into his performance every time he steps into his car.

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Be it in F1 or in karting, he has always ensured to be the one who sets the performance benchmark.

In his early racing days, the 37-year-old earned the nickname ‘Eagle’ from one of his friends because of his visual acumen. One of his key strengths is his race execution, where he understands when and where to push, instead of unnecessarily wasting the limited resources available to him during a Grand Prix.

Mercedes trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin commented on Hamilton’s trait by saying, “The amount of bandwidth he still has available when he’s driving a car at the limit is very impressive, Lewis can still have a lot of his brain thinking about what he’s doing with the tyres, the strategy, while he’s pushing flat out.” 

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It’s no doubt that the Briton has raised the bar in the pinnacle of motorsport and we wait to see how he evolves in the remainder of his career.

Lewis Hamilton’s ten-on-ten vision

A corner is where a driver finds most of the lap time over competitors and the way one attacks a corner can also give them an advantage in a race. Since his karting career, Hamilton has honed skills to be the last of the late breakers and have the upper hand over his rivals.

He credits his dad, Anthony Hamilton, as he would stand on the inside of the hairpin bend at his local karting track. From there, he would show a point a few meters further down the track where he wanted his young son to brake.

“I was so frustrated at my dad,” says the Brit as he crashed and spun out a lot. Nevertheless, he could brake later than anyone else.

Former F1 driver, David Coulthard, stresses on the importance of late braking by saying “If you can brake 0.2 seconds later at 200mph you’ve gone a lot further,” 

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The Mercedes star driver shares a look into his mind while driving in an F1 car by adding, “When you’re driving a car it’s very chaotic, It’s erratic, so much is happening. All the senses that we have, they’re all firing on maximum.”

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The amount of work he puts into his training, diet, and mental health gets translated on track in the form of his razor-sharp reflexes. After 16 years in F1, Lewis Hamilton might be the second oldest driver on the grid, but he remains as hungry for triumph as a rookie starting his journey.

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Anish Arora

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Anish Arora is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. It is the competitive nature of the sport that not only made him an adherent follower of F1, but also inspired him to start his journey as an author for the most prestigious racing series in the world. Anish initially started writing for Formula 1 during his undergrad and now is a huge fan of the 'Silver Arrows'.

Edited By: Ranvijay Singh

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