Hamilton is feeling the ‘freshest he ever has’

Jamie Woodhouse
Lewis Hamilton gives the thumb up. Spain, February 2022.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton gives the thumb up. Spain, February 2022.

Heading into the 2022 campaign, Lewis Hamilton saying he has not felt this fresh prior to a season before in his career.

For several months there were doubts over Hamilton’s place on the grid for 2022, considering his extended silence after the controversial conclusion to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, where Max Verstappen passed Hamilton on the final lap to snatch the title from his rival.

But Hamilton is indeed a Mercedes driver still for 2022 and despite all that went down, that break allowed Hamilton to find a mental state stronger than any previous example he can remember heading into a new season.

“I feel the freshest that I ever have,” he told media personnel in Barcelona.

“Of course, there are so many different ways you can re-focus and get re-centred, and I would say this [break] was one of the best I’ve ever experienced.”

Lewis Hamilton with his helmet on. Spain, February 2022.
Lewis Hamilton with his helmet on in the Mercedes garage. Spain, February 2022.

Hamilton went on to explain that he had enjoyed quality time with his family in the off-season, which continued along the theme of being the best.

“It was definitely more about being present and in the moment, and creating memories,” he explained.

“I know sometimes in life, we get so focused and stuck into certain things like work that we forget to do those things.

“So it was a great time, just refreshing with the family. It was the best period of time I’ve actually ever had with my family.”

A new challenge now awaits Hamilton in Formula 1, with the cars looking far different this time around thanks to sweeping regulation changes for 2022.

Hamilton even made the short trip over to Red Bull’s garage on Wednesday at the Barcelona shakedown, looking for a first glimpse of what his 2021 rival had come up with for the RB18.

The Brit explained that he was looking at all cars in the pit lane with excitement, claiming that the 2022 campaign ahead is the most “exciting and interesting” season which he has “embarked upon”.

 

Now, he looks forward to the first race in Bahrain on March 20, where we will see the true pace which each team possesses.

“This morning, arriving and looking down the pit lane and seeing all the different cars, I think it’s one of the most exciting and interesting seasons that I’ve ever embarked upon,” he said.

“It will be interesting to see where everyone comes out and where we stand in the first race.”

 

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Hamilton is feeling the freshest he ever has

Lewis Hamilton believes he is feeling the freshest he ever has.