Lewis Hamilton reveals he’s ‘struggling mentally and emotionally’ – and has been ‘for a long time’ – in a candid post on Instagram, as he continues to be linked with retirement after falling behind at the start of new Formula One season
Lewis Hamilton has revealed he is ‘struggling mentally and emotionally’ and said it is a ‘constant effort to keep going’.
The seven-time Formula One world champion, who finished 10th at last Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, made the admission via a post on his Instagram story on Thursday.
‘It has been such a tough year already with everything that is happening around us,’ said the 37-year-old. ‘Hard some days to stay positive.
‘I have struggled mentally and emotionally for a long time, to keep going is a constant effort but we have to keep fighting. We have so much to do and to achieve.’
Hamilton, who has won more F1 races than any driver in the sport’s history, is contesting his 16th season on the grid.
But the British driver has endured a trying start to the new campaign in his uncompetitive Mercedes machinery.
Hamilton finished third at the opening round in Bahrain – after both Red Bull drivers retired in the closing stages with reliability failures – and then scored only a solitary point in Saudi Arabia last weekend.
Hamilton was against competing in Jeddah, following a nearby missile strike during Friday’s practice, and said after the race: ‘I just want to go home.’