Lewis Hamilton not 100 per cent after winning 4th Formula One title
Lewis Hamilton became a four-time world champion following a ninth-place finish at the F1 Mexican Grand Prix. Following that, he finished fourth and second in the last two races of the Formula One seasonUpdated: Nov 29, 2017 15:24 IST
Asian News International, Johannesburg
Mercedes F1 team driver Lewis Hamilton has admitted he has failed to generate the same intensity as he had shown during the entire year since being crowned four-time world Formula One champion.
The British driver became a four-time world champion following a ninth-place finish at the F1 Mexican Grand Prix, the race which was eventually won by the Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.
However, Hamilton failed to continue the momentum as he finished fourth and second spot respectively in the final two races of the 2017 season.
Though the 32-year-old conceded his performance levels did take a dip after clinching the title, he insisted he has “zero concerns” ahead of 2018.
“There’s zero concern. And all I can say is the week after I won the championship I partied a lot, with my family, and celebrated, and that’s what you do,” Sport24 quoted Hamilton as saying.
“I have tried my hardest to stay on it but I wouldn’t say it was 100% of what it was while in the season. You want to enjoy it. I do still try and turn up and do the job but it’s not so easy. I can tell you that before all the other races that was not the case,” he added.
Hamilton further emphasised that his approach to races was affected as a result of his celebrations after being crowned champion. He, however, expressed confidence that he would be able to quickly switch back to the mentality that made him a champion.
“So sleep, energy has definitely been different on these last couple of races. But nonetheless I still tried to approach them the same,” Hamilton said.
“But if you don’t prepare the same, there’s no way. So I’m not bothered about that. And next year that will go back to how it was in the second half of the season,” he added.
Hamilton spent much of his time in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas around the 21-corner track. He eventually finished second spot to hand victory to Bottas in the season’s final race.
First Published: Nov 29, 2017 15:24 IST