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There’s not much that can top Sir Lewis Hamilton’s 7 F1 world drivers’ championships. Perhaps an 8th title? Who knows, maybe.
There is no doubt that his achievements will go down in sporting history. Yet, I believe there is one achievement of his that is often overlooked; the development of his professional maturity.
During Hamilton’s epic battles with former teammate, Nico Rosberg, the intense rivalry brought with it significant bitterness between them. As well as added pressure.
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Whenever Hamilton lost out on pole or a race win to Rosberg, his hate for coming second best was clear to see in his tone and body language during media interviews. A sense of tension was always in the air.
At the time, Hamilton put his championship loss to Rosberg in 2016 down to unequal engine performance. Yet, I wonder if there was another reason; the intense pressure just got to him that season? I guess only he will ever know the answer to this.
Since Valtteri Bottas took over as teammate in 2017, Hamilton’s demeanour changed completely. We were no longer witness to the nervous energy that was so apparent in the previous year. I’m sure Bottas being less of a threat to the championship had a lot to do with it.
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Here’s what I find so fascinating…
This season, Hamilton’s threat is now coming from another team. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen is seriously challenging Lewis for the drivers’ championship.
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As I write this, Verstappen leads the championship by 3 points. Since Nico Rosberg in 2016, this is the first time Hamilton’s championship is in serious doubt.
Despite this, Lewis Hamilton’s demeanour during defeat is now incomparable to that of the past.
To give you an idea, here are two examples of interviews given by Hamilton:
WATCH - These are his post-race thoughts following Nico Rosberg’s championship-winning race in Abu Dhabi, 2016.
As you may notice, Hamilton comes across agitated following the defeat in Abu Dhabi.
WATCH - Hamilton’s post-race thoughts following Max Verstappen’s win in the 2021 Dutch Grand Prix, which gave Verstappen the championship lead.
You can see the stark difference here.
Hamilton seems to be at complete ease with finishing second in this race. Not because he doesn’t hate finishing second anymore, but because he’s matured as a professional.
He seems to have found a perfect balance between celebrating wins and embracing losses.
What lesson can we learn from this?
Similarly, we can also adopt this work ethic in our respective places of work. Yes, we should always go for the best results. But sometimes, even after doing everything in our control to deliver the desired outcome, it doesn’t always turn out the way we had hoped.
Onwards and upwards.
Let’s use our next opportunity to try and deliver an improved result. 🙌
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