In an interview with the media, Lewis Hamilton confirmed that he had many self-doubts during this season. The fact that he did not manage to achieve his goals during this season influenced Hamilton to look at things from a different perspective.
At certain moments, he wondered if he was to blame for the bad results, or if the car was to blame. He emphasized that everyone sometimes has self-doubts. “Ultimately, when you have difficult seasons like this, there are always going to be moments when you're like: 'Is it me, or is it the car? Do you still have it? Has it gone?’” Hamilton told BBC Sport, as quoted by crash.net!
"Because you're missing that, you know... when the magic happens, when everything comes together, the car and you, and that spark, it's extraordinary. And that's what you're in the search for. I'm only human. If anyone in the world tells you they don't have those things, they're in denial.
We're all human beings”.
Lewis Hamilton and extension
In August this year, Hamilton signed a two-year extension with Mercedes. It seems that the Briton had many dilemmas. "What you've got to learn is you should never say never,” he said.
“But at that point, I definitely didn't think I'd be continuing. They are frickin' long seasons. It's a long time away from everyone. I've been doing it 16 years. It's gruelling”. When things don't go your way, it's hard to get back on track.
However, Lewis is a person who never gives up. "There's a lot of glitz and glamour and lots of positives but it's by no means easy to stay at your best, to stay committed, to keep up the training, to continue to deliver. It's a lot of pressure,” he continued.
The fact that regardless of the result, the reactions were not in his favor was frustrating for Hamilton. "You're being scrutinised all the time and I'm in a place in my life where there's no way I can win. If I win a race, it's: 'Oh, he's a seven-time world champion, you got 103 wins.'
If I don't do well, it's [criticism]… I can only lose at this point in life. So for sure there was a period of time when I was questioning whether I wanted to go through that”.