This season, Lewis Hamilton learned that when you hit rock bottom, there’s no way to go but up.
We admit that we didn’t see this turn-around coming at the beginning of this season. It’s a rare driver who can make up for a 43-point deficit behind Nico Rosberg and we doubted that even Lewis Hamilton could be that driver. But he’s been leaving our expectations in the dust with his astonishing comeback in the past two months. He’s won five out of the six races he’s had since Barcelona, so just in case you couldn’t guess what the turning point was, he’s outlining it for you in bold.
“I think Spain was definitely a turning point. It didn’t feel like it was, but it was rock bottom basically. The only way was up. I just managed to get my head together and get on with it, even though I have less engines, my mechanics had been changed.
“All these different things which didn’t seem to be working. I just had to deal with it. Since then, we’ve pulled together.”
We’re sure you’ve had those moments too (or are we the only ones?). Life just takes a gigantic dump on you and you can’t sink any lower than the gutter you’re already in. Either you stay drifting about in the doldrums or you make the slow, painful climb to the top of the well. Through sheer strength of will, you reach heights you’d never before imagined. Who knew that the likes of Lewis Hamilton could relive such a classic rags-to-riches narrative?
But in case you were still not convinced that this miraculous recovery was an exceptional achievement for this world champion, we have news for you. Hamilton’s five wins place him one ahead of none other than Michael Schumacher himself.
“It’s pretty incredible to hear those words – especially when you think I grew up watching Michael, so to now have had similar, if not one more, than he had here is incredible.”
All we’re waiting for is for him to spill the rest of the story on Oprah, where we’re sure his hard journey to the top will have a most receptive audience.