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Hamilton: I refuse to let Abu Dhabi GP define my career

Mercedes-AMG F1 W13 E Performance Launch – Lewis Hamilton. Credits: Mercedes.

Lewis Hamilton states that he wants to move on from the dramatic events of the 2021 Abu Dhabi GP.

Hamilton lost the 2021 world title on the final lap of the Abu Dhabi GP during a controversial Safety Car restart. After the race, the Briton had not made any public comments, except for the post-race interview. Furthermore, there were reports that the Mercedes driver would end his career.

Hamilton revealed that going through what had happened in Abu Dhabi was not easy, but he would make efforts to make a recovery and be stronger.

“Of course, at the end of season you think and the question is whether you’re willing to commit the time and the effort that it takes to be a world champion,” he commented.

“I think a lot of people underestimate what it takes to be a world champion. And there are so many moving parts. It’s not just turning up and driving the car.

“The question is, do you want to sacrifice the time? Do you believe that you can continue to punch at the weight that you’re punching? So that’s a normal kind of mental process for me.

“But of course, this one was compounded by a significant factor. And I think ultimately, with a sport that I’ve loved my whole life, there was a moment where I kind of obviously lost a little bit of faith within the system.

“But I’m generally a very determined person. And I like to think to myself like whilst moments like this might define careers, I refuse to let this define mine. And so I’m focused on being the best I can be and coming back stronger.”

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