Lewis Hamilton has won five of the previous six world drivers ’championships and will also be a favorite in the new season starting next week.
Despite all the success, the six-time world champion has also had to taste the bitter lime of defeat throughout his career.
Hamilton experienced one of his most bitter experiences immediately during his coming season in 2007 – in the reading of Kimi Räikkönen. Hamilton recalled the dramatic decisive twists and turns of the season at a virtual event hosted by Hewlett Packard.
Two races before the end of the season, Hamilton led the World Championship clearly: Räikinen, who was driving Ferrari in the ranks at the time, had a whopping 17 points, and teammate Fernando Alonsok was also safely 12 points away from Hamilton.
Second in the final Chinese race, Hamilton led the race and was securing his championship until the rainy mix mixed the British driver’s pasmas, and he had to stop after slipping off the track on his way to the depot area.
Räikkönen rose to victory in the competition and gasped the podium on the middle podium also in the Brazilian GP, which ended the season. When Hamilton was also seventh, the Finn became world champion by one point in both Hamilton and Alonso.
– I actually lost the world championship in China, and it makes me feel bad even today. However, I believe that many things are just meant to happen. It was a character-building moment for me, Hamilton recalled the shock turn, according to the GPfans site.
The margins of the decision moments rounded in the other direction already a year later. In 2008, Hamilton solved his first championship in Brazil by one point to Ferrari’s Felipe Massa.
– When I was young, I was far too harsh on myself when I failed. I would almost punish myself, which wasn’t very productive, but I had been doing it for a really long time, and that mindset was hard to get rid of, Hamilton pondered.
The 35-year-old superstar is already aiming for an all-time world championship record. It is still held by Michael Schumacher in his seven championships, but Hamilton can rise alongside the German as early as the end of this season.
– Over the years I have learned to enjoy what I do. Self-bullying only has a negative effect, Hamilton noted. .