“It’s Broken Me and Built Me” – Lewis Hamilton Puts Into Words the Turmoils of F1

Published 02/13/2022, 10:38 AM EST
BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – AUGUST 03: Third place qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks dejected in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Hungary at Hungaroring on August 03, 2019 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Seven times world champion Lewis Hamilton has opened up about his ups and downs in F1. The back-to-back champion has expressed how the sport has made a great impact on his life. Talking about his life’s journey in a podcast, the British driver got emotional.

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Lewis, one of the most popular personalities in F1, has experienced both great and worse. From winning a staggering seven World championships to losing two world championships on the very last day, Hamilton had been through all. During his exceptional 15 year career, he has had 100s of pole positions as well as race wins.

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Lewis Hamilton was featured in the first episode of Spotify’s F1 Beyond The Grid podcast presented by Bose. Talking to show’s host Tom Clarkson, the Brilliant Briton has conveyed, “Formula 1 has given me a life, given me a purpose, which is pretty special. But F1 has also broken me. It’s broken me and built me, broken me and built me. When you go through it, you put so much into it, it breaks your heart and kills you when you fail. When you stumble, when everyone’s watching when you stumble.”

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Although the podcast dates back to July 2018, it still has significance to this very day. After the last lap loss to Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi last year, Hamilton was away from the public. Seeing his 8th title being snatched from him on the very last lap impacted Lewis to a great extent. The Mercedes man wasn’t seen anywhere, wasn’t available for any interviews, and was even away from social media.

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Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton looks dejected after finishing second in the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Kamran Jebreili

There were speculations that he might quit the sport until the news spread of his presence at the official car launch by Mercedes. The 37-year-old further stated, “Formula 1 has helped me grow and I have gained a lot more confidence within myself. What it has given me is the platform to be able to do things I want to do, live the life I could only have dreamed of.

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The only driver who’s won an equal number of titles as Hamilton is Michael Schumacher. From leaving everyone else behind to dominating season after season, the former McLaren man has come a long way. It isn’t easy to see your rival picking up the championship at the very last race and then coming back stronger the next year. With everything that we got to witness in the 2021 season, it’ll be very interesting to see the two titans, Max and Lewis, go against one another once more.

What do you expect from the 2022 F1 season? Let us know in the comments below.

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Sabyasachi Biswas

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Sabyasachi Biswas is an F1 writer at Essentially Sports. He has completed his Master's in Mass Communication and Journalism from Jadavpur University, Kolkata. Sabyasachi is an ardent Red Bull and Max Verstappen fan and has been following the sport for over a decade now.

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