Lewis Hamilton Reveals Why COVID-19 Is a Blessing in Disguise for Humanity

Published 08/20/2021, 10:10 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – August 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton before the race Pool via REUTERS/Florion Goga


It has been almost 2 years since COVID-19 started wreaking havoc over the world, and a lot of people have fallen trap in the deadly virus, including the 7-time world champion, Lewis Hamilton.

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The Briton is still suffering from the effects, and it looks like the virus has indeed taken a toll on Hamilton. His struggles were very evident following the Hungarian GP, where he almost collapsed due to fatigue. And, as the Mercedes driver recovered from it, he claimed that it was one of the consequences of the virus.

Nevertheless, Hamilton is reluctant to look at the negatives of the pandemic. Instead, he reckoned the virus has rather given humanity a wake-up call and there are lots of positives to consider.

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What did Lewis Hamilton say?

The entire world came to a standstill when the outbreak initially began. Hence, Hamilton felt that the virus offered humanity the much-needed time to think about managing themselves as well as the environment.

I think the situation naturally gave us all more time to think about things because we were isolated,” he said according to Motorsport-Total. “That was positive in many ways.

Formula One F1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Hungaroring, Budapest, Hungary – July 31, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton after qualifying in pole position Pool via REUTERS/David W Cerny

So I think we can take a lot of positive things with us from this time. And I just hope that we have learned. That humanity has learned from this experience. Because you just have to learn from it. Otherwise we’ll just go back to where we were before. And I don’t know if that will necessarily be positive for the world,” Hamilton added.

It’s about being present: Hamilton

Hamilton opened up about his takeaway from the pandemic, which has changed the working of his day-to-day life. “I definitely believe there are a lot of positives and for me personally it’s the way I manage my time,” he said.

It’s about being present. It’s about making the most of the day, instead of thinking too far ahead.”

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 17, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after sprint qualifying REUTERS/Peter Cziborra

Overall, the virus hasn’t been able to stop Hamilton, as the world champion is still going very much strong despite the constant hurdles.

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Amidst the physical struggles, the Briton is on course to secure a record-breaking 8 world championship titles. So, will the change of routine play a role in pushing Hamilton to glory this season?

Watch Story: Lewis Hamilton: Ranking His F1 World Titles From 2008 to 2020

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Rohit Kumar

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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