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Motor racing-Hamilton says he struggled mentally and emotionally

By March 31, 2022Sports games

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has opened up about his mental and emotional struggles, saying in a social media post on Thursday that it was “difficult on some days to stay positive”. The 37-year-old Briton assured fans on Instagram that they weren’t alone.

“It’s already been such a difficult year with everything going on around us,” Hamilton said. “I struggled mentally and emotionally for a long time, to keep going is a constant effort but we have to keep fighting, we have so much to do and achieve.

“I am writing to tell you that it is okay to feel what you are feeling, just know that you are not alone and we will get through this.” Hamilton missed out on a record eighth championship last year after a controversial final race of the season in Abu Dhabi which he led until the last lap.

The most successful driver of all time, with a record 103 wins and poles, avoided race day social media from December until February. His silence has fueled speculation over his future, with Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff describing Hamilton as “disillusioned”.

The sport’s only black driver, an outspoken champion of equal opportunity and diversity, Hamilton has also faced racism and abuse online. The Briton had a rough start to his 16th season, finishing just 10th in Saudi Arabia last weekend after failing to get through the first phase of qualifying in a car that was off pace.

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