LONDON সাত Seven-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton spoke of his mental and emotional struggles, saying in a social media post on Thursday that “some days it was hard to stay positive.”
The 37-year-old British man reassured fans on Instagram that he was not alone.
“It’s already been a tough year with everything happening around us,” Hamilton said.
“I have struggled for a long time, mentally and emotionally, it is a continuous effort but we have to keep fighting, we have a lot to do and to achieve.
“I’m writing to tell you that it’s okay to feel the way you do, just know that you’re not alone and we’re going to get over it.”
Hamilton dropped out of the record eighth championship last year after a controversial final race of the season in Abu Dhabi which he led until the last lap.
The most successful driver of all time in the sport, with a record 103 wins and poles, avoided social media from that December race day until February.
His silence sparked speculation about his future, with Mercedes boss Toto Wolf Hamilton described as “disillusioned”.
The only black driver of the game, an outspoken champion for equal opportunities and diversity, Hamilton has also faced racism and online abuse.
Britain have made a solid start to their 16th season, finishing just 10th in Saudi Arabia last weekend and failing to get to the first round of the qualifiers in a car that was out of motion.
Get the latest sports news directly in your inbox
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to access Philippine Daily Inquirer and 70+ other headlines, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download by 4am and share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.