“My Biggest Fear” – Lewis Hamilton Explains How Recent F1 Experience Brought Back Harrowing Memories

Published 08/26/2021, 8:41 AM EDT
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


2020 was a tough year for everyone in the world. The global pandemic has affected and changed the lives of millions around the world. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton became a 7-time world champion last year, but it was not a straightforward year for him too.

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The British driver suffered from COVID-19 during the end of the season and had to miss a race. He mentioned the pandemic brought back the fears from his childhood and brought out the worst memories.

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My biggest fear has always been to not be able to race: Lewis Hamilton

As reported by goodhousekeeping.com, the world went into shutdown during the pandemic. F1 had also announced that it would not race before July. Hamilton mentioned that not being able to race brought out the worst memories from his childhood.

“It’s been tough. My biggest fear has always been to not be able to race,” said Hamilton.

ISTANBUL, TURKEy: Race winner Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP removes his safety gear as he celebrates winning a 7th F1 World Drivers Championship in parc ferme during the F1 Grand Prix of Turkey at Intercity Istanbul Park on November 15, 2020, in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

I remember having that experience as a kid, when we didn’t have the money, and how tough it was for my dad to tell me and how I felt. I experienced not being able to race again when I got COVID-19, and it was the worst feeling ever.

Doing the training and having to stay positive when you have no real interaction with human beings – I don’t know how I got through that, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. My fans definitely helped with all their positivity, too.” said Lewis on his experience with COVID-19.

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The 7-time champion states how the pandemic has changed his life

Despite the atrocities that the world faced during the pandemic, Lewis mentions he looks at things with a glass-half-full attitude. He also revealed how the pandemic has changed his life.

PORTIMAO, PORTUGAL – OCTOBER 25: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP looks on, on the grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Portugal at Autodromo Internacional do Algarve on October 25, 2020, in Portimao, Portugal. (Photo by Dan Istitene – Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

“It’s been terrible in so many ways for so many people. But if I try to look at it with a glass-half-full attitude and see the positives, my life has slowed down, and it’s given me time to breathe.

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“Before I was constantly on the move, going from one race to another, and it’s given me more time to appreciate the most important things in life, which is time with family and loved ones. I’ve spent a lot more time on Zoom calls and FaceTime with my mum, my brother, and my best friend from school, just working on better communication, which I neglected before.” said the Mercedes driver.

Hamilton had to miss the Sakhir Grand Prix because of contracting COVID-19 and mentions that he still feels the effect of the illness.

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Devang Chauhan

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Devang Chauhan is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having completed his graduation in Journalism and Mass Communication, he has a keen eye for writing engaging and detailed articles on F1. Previously a writer for Sports Social's 'Chase Your Sport' Magazine, Devang has been an ardent follower of the sport for over a decade and has attended two editions of the Indian Grand Prix.

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