Lewis Hamilton Grateful for Decreased Media Commitment Amid F1 Restrictions

Published 06/01/2021, 9:27 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 8, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Emilio Morenatti


The COVID-19 pandemic urged to teams to create a bubble in order to function while also ensuring the safety of the people involved. This resulted in limited fans and media folks, and most see this as a bad thing; however, Lewis Hamilton would beg to differ. The Briton believes that the limited interactions and isolation have him helped to grow and become stronger.

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The Knight will need to be stronger as he aims to defeat Max Verstappen after he lost at the recent Monaco Grand Prix. He looks to bounce back and aim for a win at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix coming up in the next few days.

Lewis Hamilton says the COVID bubble helped to become better

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As quoted by GPFans, Hamilton said, “I’m fitter than I’ve ever been as I’ve had more time to train and to work on the mental side and understanding the car. So I think just overall I’ve raised the bar within myself and that’s the goal with the team to do that.

“It’s been such a challenge to remain in the bubble, it’s meant less time with family, not seeing friends, not doing the normal things that we used to do, it definitely has been challenging.”

Formula One F1 – Portuguese Grand Prix – Algarve International Circuit – Portimao, Portugal – May 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. NO RESALES. NO ARCHIVES

“On the other side, as we’re working in our bubble it has given more time to focus on the racing. You’re not being pulled left, right and centre for appearances like we have in the past,” the Mercedes driver concluded.

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The Knight says he has taken his learnings from the Monaco GP

The seven-time world champion didn’t have a good time at Monte Carlo. He only managed to qualify seventh for the race and crossed the line in the same place, despite two drivers ahead of him dropping out of the race. However, he has stated he was grateful for such a poor weekend and the Silver Arrows will learn from it.

Lewis said, “I’m often grateful for crappy days like this, as it is days [like this] when you learn the most. If you’re winning all the time, you learn less. There’s a lot to take from this weekend, and we don’t have all the answers, but it will force us to have to go and search for them.

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 6, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix REUTERS/Albert Gea

“There won’t be silence between now and the next race, we’ll have meetings, just so we’re clear on what happened and where we went and what things we might want to. The reasons we have all the championships we have is we made plenty of mistakes, but we always come back stronger. And we learn from them,” he concluded.

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Do you think Hamilton can keep to his word and come out victorious as he prepares himself for the upcoming race in Baku? Let us know in the comments below.

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Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

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