Senior writer – Lawrence Barretto
This is the time of year when Formula 1 drivers are ramping up their winter training, readying themselves for another assault on the world championship. Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton is doing just that right now. The only difference for him, though, is that the Mercedes driver is doing so without a contract for the 2021 campaign in his back pocket…
Is there a chance Hamilton won’t be in Formula 1 this year?
No. The Briton made it seven world titles last year and has his eyes set on a record eighth this season. The recently knighted racing driver has no intention of hanging up his gloves and helmet just yet. The fact he is training hard right now – climbing a mountain every day as he said on social media – proves he’s gearing up for the season.
Hey World, I’m in one of my favourite places in the world, training everyday, getting my mind and body right. I’m hiking to the top of the mountain every morning. Two of those hikes I cross country ski once I get to the top which is at 3400m, killer. Proper altitude training! … pic.twitter.com/ROqzQe70LO— Lewis Hamilton (@LewisHamilton) January 18, 2021
Though I’ve been a dedicated fan of Lewis Hamilton since he joined F1, this is the first time I’ve attempted to send him a message. I’ve often wanted reach out but haven’t known how to do it. Maybe this website will provide an opportunity. My message is simple. I’d just like to encourage Lewis to stay on the path he’s creating for himself. I’m always impressed with the intelligence, sincerity, humility and wisdom he exhibits when he expresses himself. There’s a sense of wonderment in his perspective as though he can’t quite believe how his life is unfolding. Of course it’s unfolding as a result of exceptional talent. Everyone deserves a bit of luck from time to time, but in Lewis’ case, for many years it’s been clear that his success is well and totally deserved. Watching the story unfold is incredibly entertaining and rewarding, even at a distance. It’s one of the greatest “feel good” stories ever.
I’m an older white guy from Ottawa, Ontario, a little over an hour away from Montreal. I hope the pandemic conditions ease enough for the Canadian Grand Prix to happen this year, and very much look forward to seeing you pick up another victory or your way to yet another well deserved championship. If not, I’ll be getting up at all hours in the day, morning or night to sit on the edge of my seat and a smile on my face.
Thanks Lewis … keep it going, all the best.