Lewis Hamilton feeling ’emotionally drained’ following two winless seasons; Refutes claims of ‘burnout’ ahead of 2024 campaign

Lewis Hamilton has had a pretty torrid time over the past two F1 season, with the Mercedes ace failing to win a single Grand Prix in this duration.

With new technical regulations coming into effect in the 2022 season, Mercedes has fallen behind in the pecking order as Red Bull has firmly established itself as the team to beat.

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff. Credit: skysports.com
Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff. Credit: skysports.com

The entire situation has left Hamilton feeling “emotionally drained” as the seven-time world champion continues his quest for an elusive eighth title.

Hamilton showed good consistency over the season though and ended the 2023 campaign in third spot overall, behind the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez.

There have been questions over his intentions of continuing in the sport, but Hamilton believes he is as hungry as ever to get back to winning ways.

“I’m not burnt out,” Hamilton said.

“I’d rather not keep going into the season but I think for me I’m just more emotionally drained at the end of the year.”

Hamilton is one of many drivers left least impressed with the scheduling of races, with the season ending with the Las Vegas Grand Prix before closing out in Abu Dhabi.

“It definitely has been so difficult for everybody here, all the teams moving from Las Vegas out to [Abu Dhabi]. I think it should be better next year.

“It’s obviously a very long season. I think really with all the negativity in the world as well, it’s been quite draining just to maintain a positive mindset through the year.”

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