Lewis Hamilton has admitted that one of the biggest challenges he faces in trying to win his eighth world title is managing to maintain his high level of performance from previous years.
The Briton enters the 2021 F1 season off the back of an incredibly successful run, having won six out of his seven championships over the past seven years. Hamilton thinks that continuing at such a level of achievement can be hard, but has found ways to ensure that he is performing at his best year after year.
"In terms of consistently coming back each year, that is one of the biggest challenges I think that any athlete in the world faces," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com among others. "One of the goals is to try and improve and not drop the ball, and the other is that you're stronger, focus on the weak areas whilst still keeping the levels strong.
"I can tell you that it's definitely not an easy task. There have been times where I've improved in some areas, and others have dipped a bit. A little bit is also collaboration - working with your engineers, challenging your engineers, having them challenge you and raise areas in which they feel that they can see better ways of working together.
"And it goes back to energy levels. Fitness and mental health I think are these really important key factors and elements, that you have to try and have, firing on all cylinders. That naturally will enrich us athletes, and competitors will emerge over time. And so that's a very difficult balance to strike."
Hamilton endured some difficult moments during F1 2021 pre-season testing in Bahrain, having brought out a red flag on Day Two when his Mercedes spun off the track and ended up beached. But the British driver managed to improve his fortunes during the final moments of Day Three, where he managed to boost his lap times after switching to the quickest tyres.