Lewis Hamilton, the most successful F1 driver of all time, has not won a Grand Prix in over two years, the longest dry spell in his career, but he compares this period to his difficult years with McLaren and says he has learned to stay mentally stable and think positively in such situations.
‣ Lewis Hamilton, the most successful F1 driver of all time, has been without a Grand Prix victory for more than two years.
‣ Hamilton has found the current period at Mercedes challenging, particularly racing in a W14 in which he did not feel comfortable.
‣ Looking back, Hamilton considers his years at McLaren, particularly 2009, 2010, and 2011, as difficult due to various issues with the car and himself.
‣ Despite the challenges, Hamilton has learned to remain mentally stable in such situations and has added new tools to his armoury to help him think positively.
Lewis Hamilton, the most successful F1 driver of all time, has been in a dry spell. He hasn’t had a Grand Prix victory in over two years. This is the longest he’s ever had to wait for a win in his career, excluding his early years.
It’s not a stretch to think that this current period at Mercedes is tough for Hamilton. He’s a born winner, after all. It’s been particularly challenging as he’s been racing in a W14, a car he doesn’t feel at ease in. But, the ’23 model isn’t the worst car he’s driven in his F1 career.
Hamilton doesn’t look back fondly on his years with McLaren. “The 2009 McLaren was terrible,” he shared with Motorsport Aktuell. “We only won after a major upgrade. 2010 and 2011 weren’t great either. Sometimes the issue was with me, other times with the car.”
He compares the last two seasons to those difficult McLaren years. “If we exclude the victories in the three McLaren years I mentioned, they were similar experiences,” he said.
Now, at 38, Hamilton has learned to handle these tough situations. He’s found ways to stay mentally stable and think positively. Still, he admits to occasional self-doubt. “I’ve added a few new tools to my armoury to help me think positively,” he shared. “I’m almost 39 and I feel great in my body.”
He’s learned a lot, but the journey continues.