Hamilton: Defeat has made me stronger

Lewis Hamilton has explained that just missing out on the 2007 drivers championship has made him determined to work even harder during the 2008 season. With two races to go, the championship looked sewn up with Hamilton 12 points clear or his nearest rivals, however Kimi Raikkonen eventually triumphed by just one point over his two McLaren rivals.

Winning the title would have made for an amazing rookie story however Hamilton has revealed he thinks that the loss has probably better prepared him for his F1 future.

“I have learned to always keep your head up,” he said at the Autosport awards. . “I went into those last races and what was important was that I still had support from the team – and with all the problems we had to deal with, the atmosphere within the team to support me remained the same. It really showed that if you work, keep your head down and stay focused you can achieve it.

“You can’t win all the time, but you have to lose to learn how to win. We didn’t get the championship, but perhaps it was a good thing. So we will be working twice as hard next year.