Lewis Hamilton: Fortune, Not Luck Plays a Major Role in F1 Success

Published 01/29/2021, 7:42 AM EST
ISTANBUL, TURKEY: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship on the podium during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)


Lewis Hamilton won his seventh world title this season. In an episode of ‘A Formula For Success’ Podcast, the champion talks about his decision to join Mercedes and how he does not believe in luck.

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Hamilton talks about his journey and hard work that goes into becoming the top performer in Formula 1. The Mercedes driver explains the importance of fortune and people’s reaction to him joining the Brackley team.

He said, ” I never use the word luck. Of course, you need fortune along the way, it’s a tough business already to get into.”

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ISTANBUL, TURKEY – NOVEMBER 15: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Tolga Bozoglu – Pool/Getty Images)

He also explained his decision to join Mercedes that he was laughed at for at the moment. “That’s not going to work, you’re never going to do that and here we are,” Hamilton pointed out people’s reactions.

Lewis Hamilton on the decision of joining Mercedes

After winning a championship in 2008, the Woking outfit was not performing to its expectations. In 2013, Hamilton replaced Michael Schumacher in search of a car that will help him win. His decision paid off, however, there were many who were doubtful of his decision.

“When I joined the team, everyone believed it was the worst decision I could ever make, my career is over and we’ve just won seven world titles in a row,” laughed Hamilton. Even the champion’s dad was not on board with his decision.

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FILE PHOTO: Formula One F1 – Turkish Grand Prix – Istanbul Park, Istanbul, Turkey – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after winning the race and the world championship Pool via REUTERS/Clive Mason/Pool/File Photo

Lewis Hamilton joining Mercedes was a calculated decision. He had conversations with Niki Lauda and Toto Wolff, who helped him make his decision. Lewis Hamilton has truly realized his ultimate potential as he claimed six out of the seven drivers’ championship driving for Mercedes.

Do you think the Briton’s decision to join Mercedes was by luck? Or all of his success is a by-product of immense hard work with a bit of fortune?

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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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