Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have had many problems this season. Although there were indications that they could fix some things, they failed to do much. "The first big step was Barcelona, that was our first hint of there being more potential in the car,"- he said, as quoted by motorsport.com.
"It turned out to be a bit of a false positive; the car was good there but then the races afterwards were difficult. It was like a ghost was in the car and it kept coming back. But then there was France and that felt like a good step with our first double podium of the season.
And then there was Austin, too, with the update we had working well."
Lewis Hamilton on his team
What is impressive is that everyone gave their best. No one even thought of giving up at some point. "I always knew that we could do it," he said.
"I never doubted that we would get there in the end, but there was lots of trial and error, and so much failure this year. There were times we brought upgrades and they didn't work, and times we tried different things and it didn't work.
I tried so many things and failed so many times but through that you learn and grow. That's what it's been about this year. It's been about failure, breaking down egos, strengthening our relationships, and strengthening our communications.
From that perspective it's been really empowering." Although he did not have the season that many expected, Hamilton said that he made the most progress this season. "It's been a very hard year for everyone," he said. "For me, it's been challenging in ways that I wasn't expecting, but I am incredibly grateful for that.
I have felt more growth this year as a man, in terms of internal strength, than I have in many other years."