Hamilton’s warning: No substitute for experience

Michelle Foster


Lewis Hamilton has warned rivals there is “no substitute for experience”, saying he has added knowledge to talent over the years.

This season the Mercedes driver has two Formula 1 records in his sights.

The first is World title number seven with Hamilton looking to match Michael Schumacher’s tally. The second is the German’s 91 wins with Hamilton sitting on 84.

His rivals, with the Ferrari drivers and Red Bull’s Verstappen leading the charge, will be determined to halt Hamilton’s run.

He, however, feels insists he is more than ready for the challenge.

“There’s no substitute for experience and that’s a real positive for me,” Hamilton said.

“I feel super young right now, I feel like I’m in my 20s still.

“More so mentally, I’m still the kid I was when I was younger.

“I just have knowledge and experience that I can add to the talent I had as a kid.

“If I add that and work even harder, there’s not really a massive limit to where I can go with this.”

The 35-year-old reckons that experience also helps him cope with the demands of a grand prix weekend.

While the main goal is to win races and the World title, Hamilton spends many hours dealing with the media and doing PR for Mercedes.

He says sometimes that can become a bit much.

He added: “My primary goal is to win World Championships, to work well with the team and to come with a more fierce, energised, fitter, more impactful performance as an athlete and a driver.

“But then you get caught up in the other stuff that comes along, there’s media, sponsor appearances, these kind of things.

“So you get caught up in what I imagine is like a washing machine or a wave.

“The wave falls and you get in a tumble. You don’t know what’s up, what’s down at some stages through the year.”

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