Hamilton: I have never cried coming from a win

Hamilton: I have never cried coming from a win

Hamilton: I have never cried coming from a win

Of all the Formula 1 firsts achieved by Lewis Hamilton on Sunday, and there was quite a list, the sobbing over the radio and tears in the arms of his father Anthony will live long in the memory.

The most successful driver of all time has had plenty of standout moments since his sensational debut in 2007 but the long wait for a record-extending 104th career victory was something else.

The Mercedes driver’s first win since the controversial 2021 season, a drought lasting 945 days and 56 races, was a record ninth in Hamilton’s home British Grand Prix and broke a dam of pent-up emotions.


“I can’t stop crying,” the 39-year-old told former teammate and 2009 F1 Champion Jenson Button in a pre-podium interview when his compatriot said he had never before seen him so emotional after a race.

“There’s definitely been days between 2021 and here where I didn’t feel like I was good enough or whether I was going to get back to where I am today.”

Speaking to reporters later, he added: “I have never cried coming from a win, it just came out of me and it is a really, really great feeling. I’m very, very grateful for it.”

Mercedes started 2024 off the pace and with Hamilton dropping the bombshell that he would be joining rivals Ferrari in 2025.

He spoke of the days when even his best shot was simply not good enough adding: “We live in a time where mental health is such a serious issue and I am not going to lie, I have experienced that. There have been moments where I felt that this was it and it was never going to happen again.”

It was a mission for finding inner peace after 2021

In 2021 he was heading for a record eighth F1 Title only to be denied in the Abu Dhabi season-ender by a late change in the safety car procedure that allowed Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, now a triple F1 World Champion, to take his first. On Sunday the chasing Dutch driver, runaway leader in the standings, had to settle for second.

“When I came back in 2022 I thought that I was over it (2021) and I know I wasn´t,” said Hamilton. “It’s taken a long time for sure to heal that kind of feeling and that’s only natural for anyone that has that experience. I’ve just been continuing to try and work on myself and find that inner peace day-by-day.”

For the first time, Hamilton stood for the national anthem of ‘God Save the King’, instead of the late Queen Elizabeth, playing for him as a winner. His parents, present at so many key events over the years, were there too.

“I’ve always had their support but to be able to see them there and share this experience, they wanted to be at my last British Grand Prix with this team that have been so incredible to us,” said Hamilton.

“So it’s definitely meant the most today to have them there and to be able to share it with them,” he added.

Asked how it compared to other wins at Silverstone, Hamilton singled out 2008 — the year of his first championship with McLaren.

“I qualified terribly, well P4, but it felt like I wasn’t in with a shot and then it rained and obviously I had that great feeling,” he said.

“That’s the longest stint that I’ve not had a win… and the emotion that’s accumulated over that time. So this one feels it could be one of the most special ones for me, if not the most special one,” The Briton concluded. (Reporting by Alan Baldwin)