Hamilton is ‘very, very grateful’ for his long-awaited 104th F1 victory and explains why it feels ‘different’ from all his others

Lewis Hamilton expressed his pride not only for delivering for the home fans at Silverstone last weekend but also for having several family members present to support him, making for a unique and emotional experience.

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The Mercedes driver ended a victory drought that stretched back to the end of the 2021 season with an impressive performance in Sunday’s dry-wet-dry British Grand Prix, outperforming Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and McLaren’s Lando Norris.

With his father Anthony and mother Carmen there to greet him afterward, along with long-time race engineer Peter Bonnington, Hamilton was asked if his 104th win felt emotionally “very different” from the previous 103, to which he replied: “Yeah, it really does.

“I’ve had my parents come to a race here and there. My mum was there when we won a championship, my dad’s been there when we won a championship; it’s always been just at a different point in life.

The first world championship was incredible, but it was really difficult to absorb it all at the age I was at. I think this weekend, and just within life… Your parents are getting older, we’re traveling so much, and time with family is a constant challenge.

“My niece and nephew are growing up and growing out of their cuteness, but I’ve had them here this weekend. We all try to be there for each other, even at a distance.

I know I’ve always had their support, but to be able to see them there and share this experience… They wanted to be at my last race, the last British Grand Prix with this team that has been so incredible to us.

Mercedes has supported me since I was 13, so it’s definitely meant the most to have them there and to be able to share it with them.”

Hamilton then expanded on the mental struggles he has experienced over the lengthy period between his last two victories, following up on immediate post-race comments that there were days he “didn’t feel good enough.”

The Briton continued: “With the kind of adversity we’ve gone through as a team and that I personally felt and experienced, those challenges, the constant challenge like we all have to get out of bed every day and give it our best shot…

There are so many times where you feel like your best shot is just not good enough, and the disappointment sometimes that you can feel. We live in a time where mental health is such a serious issue. I’m not going to lie; I have experienced that.

“There have definitely been moments where I thought that this was it, that it was never going to happen again, so to have this feeling coming across the line… Honestly, I’ve never cried coming from a win; it just came out of me. It’s a really, really great feeling, and I’m very, very grateful for it.”

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