“Should I Continue Racing?”- Lewis Hamilton Opens up on Coping With the Extended F1 Shutdown

Published 05/19/2020, 6:10 AM EDT


Reigning World Champion Lewis Hamilton opened up on how he was coping with the extended F1 break. The 6 times World Champions disclosed the struggles of staying focused and motivated under adverse circumstances. Hamilton also revealed how he was spending the extended shutdown without any racing in the near future.

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How Lewis Hamilton is handling the long break

With Coronavirus forcing F1 to cancel or postpone races, drivers have a chance to take a break from F1. While it’s nice to keep away from the fast-paced world of motorsports, drivers cannot take it easy. Despite the extended shutdown, drivers need to train harder than before to stay sharp and keep fit.

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Coping with the immense G forces of the car requires immense physical strength and mental fortitude. As a result, drivers can’t take it easy and have to train and follow a special diet. After a near 7-month shutdown, drivers will definitely feel sluggish and struggle for the first few races.

Speaking to Mercedes, Hamilton opened on how he motivates himself during tough times.

“Mentally it’s really about ultimately feeling good about yourself, it’s about finding a way to make sure you love yourself and be comfortable on your own.

“I’ve been really spending time to take time for me, making sure that I appreciate me, acknowledging things that you do well, acknowledging also when you fail and you don’t do it so great, it’s OK. And not being so hard on yourself, all these different things.

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“I have days when I wake up and feel groggy, I don’t feel motivated to work out, I feel, ‘Jeez, where are we going, should I continue racing?’

“I think all these different things. The next hour it passes, and I think I love what I do, why would I ever consider not continuing?

Mercedes are the favorites heading into this season and Lewis will play a pivotal role in helping the team secure another Championship.

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“You’ve just got to keep your mind occupied. I’ve tried to read as much as I can, I’ve been getting into meditation. I’m a fidget, it’s really, really hard to do meditation for me. Sitting there, moving around, then there’s bugs on my arm, it’s really hard! The more and more you do it, like with anything, the better you get at it.” concluded Lewis.

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Abhishek Bharadwaj is an F1 author and content strategist at EssentiallySports. Having joined ES in January 2020, he has over 700 articles to his name. While he was first introduced to the world of F1 in 2006, he started religiously following the sport in 2012 and has had an undying passion for it ever since.

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