Lewis Hamilton: I shook hands with Verstappen and his father in Abu Dhabi to show strength
What did Lewis Hamilton really feel after losing the title fight?
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton spoke about the events at the end of last season, when he missed out on the eighth Formula 1 title in the fight with Max Verstappen in the decisive race in Abu Dhabi under controversial circumstances.
Lewis Hamilton: "It will always be with me. It can be a traumatic experience when you lose something you've worked hard for, whatever it is. What I am grateful for is the love I have for my work and sport, but I would like to think that it has made me even stronger.
To be honest, I'm just a human being. I am the same as everyone else, I feel emotions. And I'm very, very hard on myself. I think that over time I had to understand that nothing can be done with what is left in the past. Of course, you can think about it as much as you want, but it's not healthy. It's important to just learn some lessons from this and move on, trying not to let it happen again.
I shook hands with Verstappen and his father to show strength. I think that at that moment for me, no matter how much it hurt me, it was more important that the children were looking at me, so I went and shook their hands, showing that there is strength, no matter what”.