Lewis Hamilton believed that Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg’s lead in the Formula 1 drivers’ championship was “impossible” to close earlier this year before a change in fortunes brought him back into contention.
Hamilton trailed Rosberg by 43 points in the drivers’ championship after five races in 2016, marking the German’s biggest lead during their time together as teammates at Mercedes.
However, four wins in the last five races have drawn Hamilton to within a single point of Rosberg ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix next weekend.
“It’s crazy to think that the 43-point deficit I had at the time, which seemed impossible,” Hamilton said during a Facebook Q&A with UBS.
“I’m only human, so those days I feel like it seemed impossible. You’ve just got to keep going, as painful as it can be, as hard as it can be.
“You might get over it quickly, it might take longer but you just have to keep going. It’s not how you fall, it’s how you get up from those experiences that you can become stronger. I feel I’m stronger right now than I was at the beginning.
“I don’t do everything perfectly, I make mistakes. There’s days when I thought: ‘The world’s coming to an end, I’m never going to win this championship blah blah blah’. I have those same things we all have. Somehow I try to find the positives in it.
“Look at where I am now, I’m one point behind in the championship. I’m even surprised. I’m like: ‘If I had given up at one point…’ – it just shows you to never ever ever give up no matter what.”