Hamilton overcomes ‘psychological challenges’ to win

Mark Scott
Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton has said it was with “great difficulty” that he was able to turn his fortunes around in Austria after a “psychologically challenging” opening race weekend.

Hamilton was hit with two penalties on his way to finishing P4 at the first race in Austria but bounced back with an incredible pole lap on Saturday and a routine lights-to-flag victory on Sunday.

The defending champion was naturally delighted to come away with a win at what he feels is one of his weaker circuits.

“With great difficulty,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 when asked how he is able to change bad weekends like the first race in Austria to good ones.

“But when there is a will there is a way. The last weekend definitely was psychologically challenging.

To have the penalties and to be called to the stewards on the Sunday morning just before the race and get a penalty there and then another one in the race…it’s never easy.

“But there is nothing you can do about the past. All you can do is focus and channel your energy to the future. I just made sure I stayed here, trained well, ate well, slept well and worked hard with Bono and the guys to understand where last weekend went wrong.

“I don’t why there are some tracks where drivers are stronger at some than others, but this is one of my weaker circuits. So to have a performance like this today…I’m over the moon, so happy.

“I also know though that there is a long way to go.”

Directly after the race, Hamilton said: “Firstly big thank you to my team. What a weird year but great to be back driving with this kind of performance. The team did a fantastic job, it was just for me to bring it home.

“I tried to get fastest lap but not going to get it with 40-lap-old mediums compared to someone with fresh tyres.

“This feels like a long time coming. Difficult weekend last weekend but this was a great step forward.

“I love back-to-back races. Can we do them all year?”

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