Lewis Hamilton Debunks the Perception Around His Hatred of Losing in F1

Published 07/17/2021, 7:08 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – June 24, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference Pool via REUTERS/Christian Bruna


Lewis Hamilton is a proven winner in the world of sports. He has won 7 world championships in F1 and currently chasing a record-breaking 8th title. Unfortunately, he is currently trailing Max Verstappen by 32 points in the championship and has lost five consecutive races.

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And many believe, potentially because of his hunger to win, that he has boiling hatred for losing. However, that is not the case; Hamilton has stated that he is okay with losing and prioritizes his inner peace above everything else.

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I do not hate or dislike losing any more than anybody else: Lewis Hamilton

In his interview with BBC, he stated he focuses his energy on giving his best rather than winning or losing. “I think I don’t hate or dislike losing any more than anybody else does. I’m okay with it.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

The Mercedes driver continued, “I think for me it’s the inner peace that I have, knowing that I have done right. So even if I finish second or finish third, you see me at the race sometimes when I finish second, that I did everything I could. I lived to my full potential today that’s what drives me.” 

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There are also things outside the sport that drive me: Hamilton

Lewis was keen on mentioning that having a balance in life is the most important thing for him. He also recognized he has to be an inspiration and a role model to kids who want to join F1.

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“But as long as I have done the training, I’ve got the right balance of sacrifice and try to have the nice balance in life, be able to deliver great performances,” said Hamilton on prioritizing the balance in life.

Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

“There’s also things outside that drive me. I know that I could potentially be impacting young kids’ lives for the future to be able to get into our sport. Without having that, research would never have. That’s hugely feeding for the soul.”

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Hamilton is surely taking his responsibility and goals seriously. With a loud voice fighting to change the sport for the better, the seven-time world champion will certainly make F1’s future brighter.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sport Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been a ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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