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The 2023 Formula One season was like a tough race for Lewis Hamilton. He felt unsure about himself and faced big challenges. In this story, we look at how the seven-time champion dealt with doubts and tough times. Red Bull and Max Verstappen were super strong, winning titles, while Hamilton questioned if he could still shine. Despite a hard end to the season, Hamilton spoke openly about his struggles, showing that even champions like him are human. Now, he’s looking ahead with hope for a better future with Mercedes.

Struggles Of Lewis Hamilton In The 2023 F1 Season

Amidst the roar of engines and thunderous competition, Lewis Hamilton, a stalwart in the F1 world, faced the challenging 2023 season. During this period, he found himself grappling with self-doubt. Red Bull and Max Verstappen, like a force of nature, claimed their third consecutive world title. Simultaneously, they secured the coveted Constructors’ Championship, leaving Hamilton to question his own abilities. In a poignant interview with BBC Sport, Hamilton shared the internal struggles he faced. He revealed, “When you have tough seasons like this, there are always going to be moments when you’re like: ‘Is it me, or is it the car?'” Do you still have it? Has it gone?'”

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Hamilton contributed to Mercedes’ success in the Constructors’ Championship with a ninth-place finish in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. In doing so, he bared his vulnerability, acknowledging the human aspect of his journey. “I’m only human. If anyone in the world tells you they don’t have those things, they’re in denial. We’re all human beings,” he asserted. Despite recent speculations about a potential move to Red Bull, Hamilton reaffirmed his commitment to Mercedes. He had signed a new two-year deal in August. He expressed excitement about extending his career beyond 40, recognizing the challenges that lie ahead.

Hamilton’s Pressure & Perseverance

In the crucible of Formula One, Hamilton illuminated the profound pressure that accompanies the glitz and glamour. “There’s a lot of glitz and glamour and lots of positives, but it’s by no means easy to stay at your best, to stay committed, to keep up the training, and to continue to deliver. It’s a lot of pressure,” he revealed. Navigating the fine line between success and criticism, Hamilton shared, “I’m in a place in my life where there’s no way I can win. If I win a race, it’s: ‘Oh, he’s a seven-time world champion; you got 103 wins.’ If I don’t do well, it’s [criticism]…I can only lose at this point in life.” However, amid the intense scrutiny, Hamilton’s love for driving remains unwavering. Each time he starts the car and embarks on the journey down the pit lane, the smile on his face mirrors the passion he felt on the first day he ever drove an F1 car.

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As the checkered flag falls on the 2023 season, Hamilton stands at the crossroads of reflection and anticipation. While acknowledging the challenges, he remains resolute and hopeful for a brighter future with Mercedes. Hamilton revealed that Mercedes lacked a “North Star” at the beginning of the year, but now there’s a renewed sense of direction. “I do believe we have a North Star now. Which I don’t think we’ve had for two years. But still getting there is not a straight line,” he said. Lewis Hamilton’s journey in Formula One continues, marked by resilience and optimism. With a deeper understanding of the car and the development of crucial tools, he envisions a future where success is not just a destination but a continuous journey.