Lewis Hamilton: ‘I Dug Deeper this year than any other’

Lewis Hamilton has said that he will come back stronger in 2017 after enduring his most challenging year in Formula One to date. The British driver remains reflective on the ups and downs of 2016 and believes that in some instances, he will use what he has learnt this season as ammo for a title challenge in 2017.

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Hamilton was 5-points adrift of Rosberg following the season finale in Abu Dhabi. Power-unit failures in qualifying sessions before the Chinese and Russian Grand Prix and the spectacular blow-out whilst leading the Malaysian Grand Prix were enough to destroy Hamilton’s title chances in 2016, but the Brit has learnt some valuable lessons and will go into 2017 fully focused.

“I learned a lot about myself this year. I understood and found where there are weaknesses, which I can now improve for next year — some I already did part-way through the season.

I won the last four races and I think I performed pretty well throughout the year to have the amount of wins I had. I won 10 races and had 12 pole positions, which, considering I didn’t compete in three of the qualifying sessions, I’m very very happy with. The goal next year is to try and up that, which is always going to be incredibly tough.

I think I probably drove with more heart than I ever have done before. I was faced with a lot more challenges along the way – if you start first, fall back to eighth and have to fight back through.

I had to dig deep, probably deeper than other years when I have started first and disappeared. I would say it has taken a lot more heart and a lot more courage to face the challenges and overcome them.”

– Lewis Hamilton

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's British driver Lewis Hamilton jumps from his car after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC        (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team’s British driver Lewis Hamilton jumps from his car after winning the British Formula One Grand Prix at Silverstone motor racing circuit in Silverstone, central England, on July 10, 2016. / AFP / ANDREJ ISAKOVIC (Photo credit should read ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images)

Hamilton’s new teammate won’t be announced until January 3rd at the earliest but whoever ends up partnering the Three-time World Champion will have the unenviable task of being compared directly to Hamilton.