Formula 1: Lewis Hamilton Doesn't Give Up

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Lewis Hamilton is a world champion Formula 1 driver.

 

Lewis Hamilton has won seven World Drivers' Championship titles. He leads the 2021 Formula 1 race season with 44 points.

 

Lewis Hamilton races for the Mercedes team.

 
 

Rain at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix race caused difficulties for the drivers. The wet track was slippery. Towards the final stages of the race Lewis Hamilton was overtaking to get into pole position. On a wet patch his car slid off the track and got stuck in the gravel.

 
Ablack F1 race car standing with the front wheels against a wall next to the race track.

Despite going off track and a broken front wing, Lewis Hamilton refused to believe it was the end of the race for him. He eventually managed to engage reverse gear and got back on to the track.

 

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Then Hamilton had to make a pit stop to replace the broken front wing. He had now fallen back to 9th position.

 

But Lewis Hamilton drove like a champion, fighting his way past 7 cars to finish the race in second place.


A black F1 racecar on the track, infront of 4 other cars.

Lewis Hamilton finished the race in second place.

 
 Drivers Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris celebrate on the podium, spraying each other with sparkling wine from bottles.


Drivers Max Verstappen, Lewis Hamilton and Lando Norris celebrate on the podium.

 

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“Today was a rollercoaster of emotions,” Lewis Hamilton told Sky Sports. “I was probably a bit too impatient, which is rare for me. I got caught out on the wet patch, went off towards the wall, and I was there for a long time.”

 


Watch the video of Lewis Hamilton sliding off the track, then getting back.

 

Lewis Hamilton said he was grateful to get back into the race again. He said the incident reminded him of his roots. He had a “dodgy old go-kart” as a kid and he always had to start at the back.



Lewis Hamilton, aged 10, a junior Go Kart racer in 1995.

 

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Results

F1 Grand Prix of Emilia Romagna in Imola, Italy on 18. April 2021:


1st: Max Verstappen of Netherlands, team Red Bull

2nd: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain, team Mercedes

3rd: Lando Norris of Great Britain, team McLaren

 

Lying on a white tiled floor, facing the camera, next to each other: a brown and white colored bulldog and a brown skinned man wearing a grey hoodie.e


Lewis Hamilton and his bulldog Roscoe.


Lewis Hamilton has won seven World Drivers' Championship titles. He leads the 2021 Formula 1 race season with 44 points. Lewis says that bulldog Roscoe is his best buddy.

 

Follow Lewis Hamilton on Instagram: @lewishamilton

Follow Roscoe the bulldog on Instagram: @roscoelovescoco

Follow the Mercedes-AMG Petronas F1 Team on Instagram: @mercedesamgf1

 

Photos: Mercedes-AMG Petronas, Getty Images

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