Lewis Hamilton Explains Muted Celebration After Mercedes F1 Contract Confirmation

Published 03/03/2021, 5:34 AM EST
ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in the Paddock during previews ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Dan Istitene/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton suffered through Coronavirus during the 2020 F1 season. extended his contract. As seen through his social media posts, the road to recovery was a difficult one. He extended his partnership with Mercedes for a year. However, the Mercedes driver explained that he was not comfortable celebrating it on social media.

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Speaking at the Mercedes W12 launch yesterday, Hamilton explained that he felt uncomfortable celebrating the new contract while the world is still dealing with the pandemic. The Briton was also focusing on recovering and preparing for the 2021 season.

“I continue to be conscious of what’s happening in the world and [so] posting pictures and celebrating things such as a contract being signed is kind of not really important to me.”

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NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 09: Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on in parc ferme during the F1 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone in Northampton, England. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

“That’s not really a message that I want to be sending out to people who are losing families, who are losing relatives still, who are struggling in a pandemic. That’s just not where I’m at. So I just kind of kept to myself,” shared Hamilton.

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The Briton is one of the six drivers who have contracted COVID-19 over the last year. He contracted the virus after the Bahrain GP and missed the following race at Sakhir GP before coming back to Abu Dhabi.

He had not completely recovered from the virus when he returned to F1, and thus, post the season, that became his priority.

“I was focussed on my recovery, because it wasn’t a quick situation, and getting myself back to full strength. And getting the deal done and working on some personal relationships that I have,” explained Hamilton.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – NOVEMBER 30: Pole position qualifier Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates in parc ferme during qualifying for the F1 Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi at Yas Marina Circuit on November 30, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

At the moment, it is not clear how people long are people immune to re-infection. Keeping this in mind, Hamilton has assured that he and his team will be taking vital precautions, just as they did last season.

Hamilton is going for the record-breaking eighth world title this season. A coronavirus infection could take away some points that could be decisive at the end of the season. Moreover, the one-year contract could end up being the last ride with Mercedes.

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With so much at stake and so many challenges, do you think Hamilton can make history, again?

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Ayush Manjunath is a Formula 1 author for EssentiallySports with more than 500 articles to his name. A Law graduate and a current Sports Management student, Ayush also has a certificate from UCLA on Sports, Media and Entertainment Management. He has an undying love for motorsports and lives to see Max Verstappen, George Russell, Charles Leclerc, and Lando Norris battle for the championship one day!

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