Lewis Hamilton Happy to Debunk ‘Myth’ After Mentally Tough French GP F1 Weekend

Published 06/19/2021, 10:58 AM EDT
BARCELONA, SPAIN – MAY 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain Mercedes AMG Petronas looks on in parc ferme after winning the F1 Grand Prix of Spain at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya on May 09, 2021 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)


The high-intensity qualifying session is done and dusted with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen taking pole position for Sunday’s race. Behind him is Lewis Hamilton, who many thought will have a disastrous weekend due to a chassis swap with teammate, Valtteri Bottas.

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However, the Knight came second on the timesheet and was happy to prove his doubters wrong about the chassis causing him to lose pace. Hamilton will be looking to attack his title rival as soon as lights go on Sunday, and steal the lead from Verstappen.

Lewis Hamilton is satisfied by proving his doubters wrong

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After the quali, Hamilton said, “It has been a really really hard weekend, mentally, not physically. But just trying to get the car into a happy place.

“You won’t believe how many changes I have made since practice one, going round and round kinda chasing the tail.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 18, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during practice REUTERS/Eric Gaillard

“Ended up kinda coming back to something similar to where we started, and I felt generally happy in the car all weekend. And I saw you coming up with some myth, so I was happy to able to prove it wrong.

“Of course, our engineers work, the cars are exactly the same,” Hamilton concluded.

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Can Lewis bounce back at the French GP?

The 7-time world champion had two back-to-back horrible weekends this season, one being at Monaco where he placed seventh and, the other at Azerbaijan where his mistake saw him fall down from second to fifteenth in a matter of seconds, resulting in coming home empty-handed.

Now that he is starting second on the grid for tomorrow’s French Grand Prix, Hamilton will be looking to bounce back and aim for a win in the seventh round of the championship.

Formula One F1 – French Grand Prix – Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet, France – June 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Yves Herman

Furthermore, the Mercedes driver will be looking to bridge the four-point gap that he has with Verstappen. A win in France sees him take back the lead from the Dutchman for the 2021 championship.

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Can Lewis attack Max from the very start of the race or will the Dutch driver keep the Brit in his rear-view mirrors? We are just a day away from the race, so we shall soon find our answers.

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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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