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Lewis Hamilton exclusive: ‘I’m going to get up again’ after ‘painful’ Abu Dhabi and F1 2022 struggles

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Lewis Hamilton has opened up about Abu Dhabi and his 2022 season in a Sky Sports F1 exclusive for the British GP

Lewis Hamilton has opened up about Abu Dhabi and his 2022 season in a Sky Sports F1 exclusive for the British GP

Lewis Hamilton has vowed he will “go back up” in Formula 1, telling Sky Sports why he is motivated to bounce back from last year’s “painful” Abu Dhabi GP title defeat and his difficult 2022 season.

Hamilton was denied a record eighth world championship last December in highly controversial circumstances against Max Verstappen after then-race director Michael Masi’s misapplication of rules, and has struggled so far this season in a Mercedes car. low performance.

Hamilton, addressing the youth of BADU in a Sky Sports F1 Exclusivehe reflected on Abu Dhabi and how it handled afterwards while giving a calm interview and shaking Verstappen’s hand in a sporting manner.

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Hamilton’s full interview will be part of our racing schedule for Sunday’s British GP. with accumulation starting at 1:30 p.m. before lights out at 3:00 p.m.

Hamilton talks about how he deals with abuse and shares his advice for young people who may be going through similar situations.

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Hamilton talks about how he deals with abuse and shares his advice for young people who may be going through similar situations.

Hamilton talks about how he deals with abuse and shares his advice for young people who may be going through similar situations.

“My dad put a value in me about never giving up, and the easiest thing is to give up,” said Hamilton, who starts fifth and is seeking a record ninth win at Silverstone. “But it’s not about how you fall, it’s about how you get up.

“At that moment for me, it didn’t matter how painful it was, and it was so, so painful, just knowing there would be a boy looking…shaking his hand just shows that there is strength inside of me despite everything and I will resurrect.”

Hamilton said he was aware that “there will be a child watching” and that they could be dealing with “bullying at school, which I also experienced, just [being] I’m not sure if it’s ever going to end, how to deal with it, how to get over it.”

Experience the controversial conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP aboard the cars of Max Verstappen and Hamilton and listen to team radios including Hamilton saying the race had been

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Experience the controversial conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP aboard the cars of Max Verstappen and Hamilton and listen to team radios, including Hamilton saying the race had been “rigged”.

Experience the controversial conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP aboard the cars of Max Verstappen and Hamilton and listen to team radios, including Hamilton saying the race had been “rigged”.

He then explained that he has the same mindset in the midst of a below-par 2022 season. Hamilton is yet to win a race this year and sits a distant sixth in the championship, 98 points behind leader Verstappen.

“I came back for one season and I’ve been struggling all year, and I don’t know why that’s the case this year,” he said. “But no matter what, I’m working on trying to be a better teammate.

“There are all these other areas that I’m strengthening that I didn’t even realize I’d have time to do.”

Hamilton, F1’s most successful driver with seven titles and 103 wins, also said he “learned more from failure”.

“All my life I’ve been focused on… winning is everything, working to win,” he said. “And so, everything but, at times, has felt like a failure.

Hamilton shows his support for the W Series on Instagram ahead of the British Grand Prix

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Hamilton shows his support for the W Series on Instagram ahead of the British Grand Prix

Hamilton shows his support for the W Series on Instagram ahead of the British Grand Prix

“I’d say I’ve actually learned more from failure. Success and all that is a beautiful thing, but you learn much, much more when you stumble and fall.”

“I used to think about things for so long, but now I can move on and apply myself better next time. Work harder, dig deeper, study more, whatever it is.”

BADU is a community organization based in East London and works with young people in the local area, creating positive experiences through sport, mentorship, training and job opportunities. Sky has partnered with BADU since the launch of the Sky Cares community program in 2019.

Hamilton targets ‘special’ British GP

In an upgraded Mercedes car for the British GP, Hamilton was hoping for an unlikely pole position and the chance for a first win of the season and a record ninth victory at Silverstone.

However, the home favorite struggled late in Q3 and managed only fifth place, with Carlos Sainz on pole.

Carlos Sainz joined Sky F1's Karun Chandhok on the SkyPad to assess the Ferrari driver's opening pole position lap at the Silverstone track.

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Carlos Sainz joined Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok on the SkyPad to assess the Ferrari driver’s opening pole position lap at the Silverstone track.

Carlos Sainz joined Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok on the SkyPad to assess the Ferrari driver’s opening pole position lap at the Silverstone track.

“We have a great race car and fifth isn’t the worst place to start, in previous races I would have been happy with P5, but it’s the British Grand Prix, you’re hopeful for more,” said Hamilton.

“I’ll try to get something special for [the race]I really appreciate the support here, the fans were amazing.”

Provisional grid for the British GP
1) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
4) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
8) George Russell, Mercedes
9) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
10) Nicholas Latifi, Williams
11) Pierre Gasly, AlphaTauri
12) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
13) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
14) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
15) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
16) Alejandro Albon, Williams
17) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
18) Sebastian Vettel, Aston Martin
19) Mick Schumacher, Haas
20) Walk Lance, Aston Martin

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone this weekend for motorsport’s biggest event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extensive coverage throughout the British GP weekend – the race starts at 3:00pm on Sunday 3rd July.

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