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Hamilton: There have been days I didn’t feel I was good enough

Hamilton: There have been days I didn’t feel I was good enough

Hamilton: There have been days I didn’t feel I was good enough

Lewis Hamilton, after winning the 2024 British Grand Prix, his first win since 2021, admitted there were moments when doubt crept in regarding his performance.

Hamilton’s Formula 1 win counter had been stationary at 103 ever since he won the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the year he lost out to Max Verstappen in the Drivers’ Championship.

In 2022, with the new F1 regulations in effect, Mercedes dropped the ball with their new car and while George Russell won the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix that year, that result was an exception as the team continued to struggle in 2023, a winless year, and the start of 2024.

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Mercedes have been on the rise recently, but it was Russell who was delivering the better performances as he outqualified Hamilton 10 times so far, the latter only better on two occasions.

Russell won the Austrian Grand Prix after Verstappen and Lando Norris crashed, and was on pole at Silverstone, but a water system issue meant he retired leaving Hamilton to fly the Mercedes flag, a task the latter executed to perfection by winning the race.

An emotional cool down lap

Hamilton was very emotional after the race attended by his parents and admitted to moments of doubt about his ability to bounce back in the last couple of years.

He told Sky Sports F1: “It’s so tough, I think for anyone, but the important thing is just how you continue to get up and you’ve got to continue to dig deep even when you feel like you’re at the bottom of the barrel.

“There have definitely been days between 2021 and here where I didn’t feel like I was good enough or I was going to get back to where I am today,” he admitted. “But the important thing is I had great people around me, continuing to support me. My team, every time I turned up and saw them putting in the effort that really encouraged me to do the same thing.

“Otherwise, my fans, when I see them around the world, they have been so supportive. So a big, big thank you to everybody,” the seven-time F1 Champion added.

Hamilton: My heart is still racing

Speaking after that in Mercedes’ race report, Hamilton reflected: “Today means so much. It is the most incredible honour to be standing on the top step of the podium here at Silverstone.

“I think my heart is still racing! We’ve had so many amazing times here and today was the most emotional end to a win I’ve ever had,” he admitted.

“It has been a really challenging few years for everyone in the team. Knowing how hard everyone has worked to fight back, I think it was a real release of emotion. I am forever grateful to everyone in this team, to Mercedes, and to all our partners. To finally succeed is the greatest feeling I remember having.

“It was a tricky race out there,” Hamilton pointed out. “The changeable conditions made it a real challenge. We kept our cool though and made the right call at the right time to switch back to slicks.

“That helped us take back the lead and from there, we were able to bring it home,” he concluded.

Russell: I’m absolutely gutted

After retiring from the race, Russell commented: “I’m absolutely gutted. About 10 laps before I had to retire, I could see temperature alarms on my steering wheel. We had a water system issue we were battling and unfortunately, it won out.

“Congratulations to Lewis and the team though,” he added. “He drove a great race and it’s a fully deserved victory. We’ve both been pushing so hard to help the team develop the car and it’s great to see that paying off.

“The car felt so good today,” Russell pointed out. “We knew it was going to be a long race with the weather conditions. When the rain first came down, we struggled a little. We were able to find our pace again though and it would have been an interesting battle to the end.

“Nevertheless, it’s been an amazing weekend for us as a team. We can be proud of what we’ve achieved and look forward to the final two races before the summer break with excitement,” the 26-year-old concluded.