Hamilton 'fuelled' by criticism and that he will 'come back stronger'

Lewis Hamilton insists he is ‘fuelled’ by criticism and that he will ‘come back stronger’ following poor start to the Formula One season and retirement jibes from Red Bull chief Helmut Marko

  • Lewis Hamilton is already 58 point off the lead of the world championship
  • The Brit is also being outperformed by new Mercedes team-mate George Russell
  • But  seven-time champion claims criticism only acts as a motivation to improve

Lewis Hamilton has vowed to prove his doubters wrong following one of his poorest starts to a Formula One season.

Hamilton, who has been a consistent title challenger since the 2014 season has been way off the pace at Mercedes this term and is already 58 points down on series leader Charles Leclerc.

His woes were compounded after finishing way outside the points in 13th at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix at Imola last time out. 

Lewis Hamilton claims criticism only helps him as he aims to bounce back from a poor start

To make matters worse, he has also been outperformed by his new British compatriot team-mate George Russell after the first four races of the campaign.

This has led many to question his ability including Red Bull chief Helmut Marko who recently stated that the seven-time world champion should have considered retiring after losing the championship fight to Max Verstappen last term.

‘People always love you when you’re up, and love to kick you when you’re down – and that’s a part of life,’ he stated.

So far Hamilton has been outperformed by his team-mate George Russell (left)

‘I’ve seen some things that people I’ve grown up admiring as a kid and even in my sport, that have come out with certain comments. Some disrespectful.

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‘I take that as fuel, I put that into the pot and I turn it into a positive and I’m going to come back stronger. We are going to come back stronger as a team.

‘Four, five, six, seven, ten bad races are not going to stop me doing what I love doing. They’re not going to stop me in my tracks. I’ve been racing 29 years and have had way more difficult times than this and always bounced back.

Hamilton enjoyed a promising Friday in Miami by going fourth quickest in practice

‘So it’s not how you fall, it’s how you get up. For those people it just highlights that nothing is going to stop me in my tracks.’

Already the 37-year-old is showing signs of a fightback at this weekend’s inaugural Miami Grand Prix that is holding the fifth round of the season.

With Mercedes having brought some upgrades to the event, Hamilton was fourth fastest during Friday practice – albeit still a couple of tenths down on Russell who went quickest around the brand new circuit at the Hard Rock stadium.




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