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Formula 1

Hamilton encouraged by Imola recovery: It's not the mistakes that define you

The Emilia Romagna Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton make a rare mistake. Despite the setback, the Brit was pleased with how he responded to the adversity.

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In the end Lewis Hamilton managed to finish second at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, with the Brit admitting his recovery drive was all the more satisfying given the challenge that was thrown his way.

The Mercedes star looked poised for another epic battle with rival Max Verstappen after the two came in for dry tyres with the Imola track drying. Instead, Hamilton moved onto the wet part of the track when passing backmarkers and slid into the gravel.

Hamilton eventually reversed and made his way out of the wall, revealing that he refused to believe his race was over despite the seemingly slim chances of securing a strong result.

"When you experience whatever form of adversity in terms of challenges or mistakes and mishaps or whatever barriers you find that you have to get over or hurdles, it’s always more satisfying when you overcome them," Hamilton told RacingNews365.com and other members of the media. "It’s not the mistakes that define you.

"It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get back up and I think definitely in that moment, for me, you know I don’t make too many mistakes and it was gutting in that position but I honestly feel like these things happen for a reason.

"The others did a fantastic job, but I remember just sitting there, looking at the barrier and I refused to think that the race was over."

Hamilton views the incident as a lesson, as he turned his anger and frustration into positive energy once the race resumed.

"I could have obviously just turned the car off and got out but I’m grateful that I didn’t," Hamilton added. "I’m grateful that I did do a reverse and then after that just kind of getting out the car and trying to switch the anger and turn it into positive energy so that I could get back in and race forwards.

"It’s an amazing lesson to be sent and experience."

F1 2021 Emilia Romagna Grand Prix RN365 News dossier

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