Lewis Hamilton crossed the line in P1 at the Eifel Grand Prix to secure his 91st career win in Formula 1. In the process, Lewis also managed to equal the legend, Michael Schumacher, in the highest number of wins in history, a truly incredible feat. Although Lewis made it look easy, he opened up that the journey to his 91st race win was not an easy one as he had to go through “multiple difficult moments” in his career.
But when asked about the hardest moment of his career, Lewis pointed it out to him leaving the Mclaren-Mercedes back in 2013.
Lewis switched to the Petronas Mercedes AMG in 2013, after having weathered a number of storms with Mclaren since his teenage days in racing. During the interview, he revealed that leaving the team was the toughest decision he ever had to make. “It’s been a decade in this sport,” Lewis said.
He said, “I think it’s pretty impossible to say what is the hardest moment because like all of us, all of us as individuals, we all go through multiple difficult moments, particularly when it comes to making big decisions.
“I think whilst it looks great now when choosing to move to Mercedes, everyone spoke so negatively about the decision to move and I don’t know, but for a moment did I ever think.
“I knew that it was the right decision for me and I wanted to be a part of that journey,” the Championship leader said.
Mercedes were hungry for success: Lewis Hamilton
Amid so much heat, Lewis revealed the primary reason behind teaming up with Mercedes back in 2013. “I’ve grown with a team that’s hungry for success, but I would say that’s one of the most difficult moments because I’d been a very loyal person, I think,” Lewis said.
“I was with Mclaren-Mercedes since I was 13. So to decide to leave a team that’s given me a place in the sport was very, very difficult for me. And to call your boss to tell him that you’re leaving, it was damaging and just emotionally difficult.
“But then, I’m still with Mercedes. Every win and every race that I’ve done has been powered by Mercedes and for that, I’m incredibly grateful,” Lewis said.
With the win at Nurburgring, Lewis bolstered his claim to the coveted and highly elusive 7th World Championship title in F1. Out of the seven, he will have secured six of them with his present team, Mercedes AMG.