August 20, 2022


Lewis Hamilton opened up on Abu Dhabi and his 2022 season in a Sky Sports F1 exclusive for the British GP

Lewis Hamilton has vowed he’ll “get back” in Formula 1, telling Sky Sports why he’s motivated to bounce back from last year’s “painful” Abu Dhabi GP defeat and difficult 2022 season.

Hamilton was denied a record eighth world championship last December in hugely controversial circumstances against Max Verstappen after then-race director Michael Masi misapplied the rules and has struggled so far this season in an underperforming Mercedes car.

Hamilton, speaking to BADU youth in a Sky Sports F1 Exclusivereflected on Abu Dhabi and how he behaved afterwards as he gave a calm interview and sportily shook hands with Verstappen.

Hamilton’s full interview will be part of our race show for Sunday’s British GP, with a montage from 1.30 p.m. before the lights go out at 3 p.m.

Hamilton explains how he deals with abuse and shares his advice for young people who may be going through similar situations

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Hamilton explains how he deals with abuse and shares his advice for young people who may be going through similar situations

Hamilton explains how he deals with abuse and shares his advice for young people who may be going through similar situations

“My dad put in me the value of never giving up, and the easiest thing to do is to give up,” said Hamilton, who starts fifth and is aiming for a record ninth win at Silverstone. “But it’s not how you fall that matters, it’s how you get up.

“At that time for me, no matter how painful it was – and it was so painful – just knowing there would be a child watching… me shaking his hand shows that he there is strength within despite everything and I will rise again.”

Hamilton said he was aware that “there will be a young boy watching” and that he might struggle with “bullying at school, which I also experienced, just [being] I don’t know if it will end one day, how to face it, how to overcome it”.

Hear about the controversial conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Hamilton and listen to team radios, including Hamilton saying the race was

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Hear about the controversial conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Hamilton and listen to team radios, including Hamilton saying the race was ‘manipulated’

Hear about the controversial conclusion of the Abu Dhabi GP in the cars of Max Verstappen and Hamilton and listen to team radios, including Hamilton saying the race was ‘manipulated’

He went on to explain that he carried the same mentality amid a sub-par 2022 season. Hamilton is yet to win a race this year and is a distant sixth in the championship, 98 points behind leader Verstappen.

“I came back in one season and I struggled all year, and I don’t know why that’s the case this year,” he said. “But whatever happens, I’m working on trying to be a better teammate.

“There are all these other areas that I am strengthening that I didn’t even know I would have time to do.”

Hamilton, F1’s most successful driver with seven titles and 103 wins, also said he “learned more from chess”.

“All my life I’ve been focused on… winning is everything, working to win,” he said. “And so anything but, at times, felt like a failure.

Hamilton shows his support for the W series on Instagram ahead of the British Grand Prix

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Hamilton shows his support for the W series on Instagram ahead of the British Grand Prix

Hamilton shows his support for the W series on Instagram ahead of the British Grand Prix

“I would say that I actually learned more from chess. Success and everything is a beautiful thing but you learn much, much more when you stumble and fall.

“I used to dwell on things for so long, but now I’m able to move on and apply myself better next time. Work harder, dig deeper, study more – what whether it be.”

BADU is a community organization based in East London and works with young people in the area, creating positive experiences through sport, mentorship, training and work opportunities. Sky has partnered with BADU since the launch of the Sky Cares community program in 2019.

Hamilton aims for a ‘special’ British GP

In an upgraded Mercedes car for the British GP, Hamilton was hoping for an unlikely pole and a chance for a first victory of the season and a record ninth win at Silverstone.

However, the local favorite struggled at the end of Q3 and only managed fifth, with Carlos Sainz on pole.

Carlos Sainz joined Sky F1's Karun Chandhok at the SkyPad to assess the Ferrari driver's first lap around the Silverstone track

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Carlos Sainz joined Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok at the SkyPad to assess the Ferrari driver’s first lap around the Silverstone track

Carlos Sainz joined Sky F1’s Karun Chandhok at the SkyPad to assess the Ferrari driver’s first lap around the Silverstone track

“We have a great race car and fifth is not the worst place to start. In previous races I would have been happy with fifth, but this is the British Grand Prix, you hope for more,” Hamilton said.

“I will try to do something special for [the race]I really appreciate the support here – the fans were amazing.”

Provisional grid of the British GP
1) Carlos Sainz, Ferrari
2) Max Verstappen, Red Bull
3) Charles Leclerc, Ferrari
4) Sergio Perez, Red Bull
5) Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes
6) Lando Norris, McLaren
7) Fernando Alonso, Alpine
8) George Russell, Mercedes
9) Zhou Guanyu, Alfa Romeo
10) Nicholas Latifi, Williams
11) Pierre Gasly, Alpha Tauri
12) Valtteri Bottas, Alfa Romeo
13) Yuki Tsunoda, AlphaTauri
14) Daniel Ricciardo, McLaren
15) Esteban Ocon, Alpine
16) Alexander Albon, Williams
17) Kevin Magnussen, Haas
18) Sebastien Vettel, Aston Martin
19) Mick Schumacher, Haas
20) Lance Stroll, Aston Martin

F1 2022 heads to Silverstone this weekend for motorsport’s big event of the summer. Join Sky Sports F1 for extensive coverage throughout the British GP weekend – racing starts at 3pm on Sunday July 3.