“Like When You Kiss a Woman for the First Time”: Lewis Hamilton Admits Missing This ‘Feeling’ Amid Busy F1 Career

Published 07/20/2022, 8:55 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Emilia Romagna Grand Prix – Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, Imola, Italy – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after qualifying in pole position REUTERS/Bryn Lennon Pool via REUTERS/Bryn Lennon

The travel schedule for Formula 1 drivers and teams is a long one, since the sport sees new venues and countries almost every week. The races take place in various continents and in various time zones, and drivers have usually seen almost every country in the globe. Lewis Hamilton, however, misses the feeling of excitement when viewing a place for the first time.

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The seven time world champion has won almost in every country he has raced in. And during his off-season, he also spends time in new places. Speaking to Beyond the Grid podcast in 2018, Hamilton revealed he has not seen a few countries including Bulgaria, Serbia, and Egypt, and compared this feeling to driving an F1 car for the first time.

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He said, “There’s a lot of places I’ve not been to. I’ve really tried to steer clear of doing them as well. There is a life beyond racing and I don’t want to have done everything. I remember the first time I traveled to Italy. I remember landing and driving and everything just seemed so alien. And I miss that feeling.”

“Because everywhere I go I’ve often been to already, and you’ve lost that. It’s like driving an F1 car for the first time. That first feeling, it’s never going to be the same. Like when you kiss a woman for the first time, it will never be the same, it’s always different, not that it’s worse or anything, it’s different.

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F1 is an extremely stressful sport, which means there is nothing left to do but recover from one race for the next one. So, the Mercedes man also has the desire to take his family to experience a new country after he calls it time in Formula 1.

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Hamilton has been all over the world during his illustrious 16-year-old F1 career. And he answered the million-dollar question about his favorite holiday destination. The answer might surprise a few, as he suggested Indonesia.

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Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria – July 10, 2022 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton ahead of the Grand Prix REUTERS/Florion Goga

He cited the country’s food and culture to be the major reasons for picking Indonesia. Furthermore, the seven-time world champion conveyed he received a warm welcome from the local people.

Well, this will certainly delight the Indonesian F1 fans. The South-East Asian country could also witness a Grand Prix, as reports suggest that there have been discussions held.

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Meanwhile, the French Grand Prix is all set to begin this week. Mercedes and Hamilton are yet to win a race but have performed well at this venue in the past. With three podiums on the trot, Hamilton will look to carry this momentum and secure his first victory of the season.

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Rahul Madhavan

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Rahul Madhavan is a Formula 1 writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Bachelor's degree in business administration, he is pursuing his love for sports in the form of writing. Rahul is an avid McLaren fan, who also enjoys writing about soccer.

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