Lewis Hamilton Keen for ‘People to See What I’m Capable Of’ as an F1 Driver

Published 05/21/2021, 12:20 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier


Lewis Hamilton, simply put, is one of the greatest drivers in F1, let alone this generation. He burst onto the scene when drivers like Fernando Alonso were at their peak, which is no mean feat.

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Now a seven-time world champion, the Briton heads into the season as the man to beat. However, despite his success, people have often downplayed his achievements by attributing it to Mercedes’ superiority on track.

Ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix, Hamilton gave a response to these thoughts, along with his expectations this season.

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Lewis Hamilton “hopes for more opportunities” to show his talent

Mercedes‘ contribution to Lewis Hamilton’s success cannot be overlooked, by any means. The Silver Arrows have ruled the roost for the past seven years, and Hamilton has led the charge year after year.

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 on November 15, 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Joe Portlock – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

With a greater challenge from Red Bull, Hamilton believes more opportunities will come up for him to display his true talent. While Red Bull may seem to have the upper hand, Hamilton believes this season will display his true mettle.

“With more wheel-to-wheel battles, I hope I have more opportunities to show it, for people to see what I’m capable of,” said Hamilton. (Quotes translated from Spanish by Google)

There’s always an excuse: Hamilton

Despite his success, people across the world have given more credit to Mercedes’ package rather than Hamilton’s talent. Although he is aware of such comments, he knows how much work he needs to put in. And that’s something that no one can take away from the 36-year-old.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 19, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a press conference ahead of the Monaco Grand Prix Pool via REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier

Hamilton said, “I do know about those kinds of comments. There is always an excuse when someone else is the winner. 

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“People will always find a way to minimize success, so I don’t spend time on it, I know how hard I have had to work to be strong, not to make mistakes, to extract every opportunity I have had and nobody can take it away from me.”

With two practice sessions done and dusted in Monaco, Hamilton’s focus is on extending his lead against championship rival Max Verstappen.

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Having won here thrice, the Briton will look to add a fourth win in his kitty. Can the Briton add a stellar showing here to his glittering career filled with race wins?

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Sanket Nair

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Sanket Nair is an F1 Author at EssentiallySports. A Sports Management student, he is a huge fan of Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo and hopes to see Red Bull break Mercedes' dominance and win the World Championship soon. Sanket has been hooked to the sport ever since he watched the battle for the 2010 World Championship go down to the wire at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

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