“You need fortune”- Lewis Hamilton explains that you need the capital more than luck to seize an opportunity in the tough business of F1.
Lewis Hamilton is among the rare drivers, especially in the 21st century to make it to the top of Formula 1 despite being from a humble background. But where he would have been if McLaren had refused to scout him in his formative years.
Hamilton realises the importance of that opportunity, and in an episode of ‘A Formula For Success’ Podcast, he explains that more than luck a young driver needs the fortune to make it to the top of the game.
”I never use the word luck. Of course, you need fortune along the way, it’s a tough business already to get into,” he said. Further, he also laughs on the initial reactions of people who opposed his departure to Mercedes.
” I never use the word luck. Of course, you need fortune along the way; it’s a tough business already to get into.”
Lewis Hamilton had doubters all the way.
In 2013, while the world including his father advice against this move, Hamilton made a leap of faith, which eventually paid him back in truckloads, recalling those days Hamilton states those comments.
“When I joined the team, everyone believed it was the worst decision I could ever make, my career is over, and we’ve just won seven world titles in a row,”
Eight years later, Hamilton is now an inch closer to become the most successful driver in the history of F1 statistically, eclipsing Michael Schumacher’s illustrious record of eight championship titles.
For many, Hamilton is already the greatest F1 driver of all time; on the other hand, a few still believe in Schumacher’s greatness. Nevertheless, this is the debate which will never end.
However, there is no doubt that Hamilton played a pivotal role in Mercedes’ rise for which it invested so heavily.