(Mercedes AMG PETRONAS F1 Team)
Lewis Hamilton has confirmed that the Belgian Grand Prix at the Spa Francorchamps circuit was the turning point for his 2014 Formula One season.
The 2014 world champion retired from the race after being hit by team mate Nico Rosberg. The German went on to finish the race in second place behind race winner, Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo.
After suffering his second retirement of the season, Hamilton decided it was ‘do or die’ for the rest of the season. The Brit went on to take six victories in the final seven Grand Prix to claim his second Formula One title.
The only race Hamilton failed to win between Italy and the season finale in Abu Dhabi was the Brazilian Grand Prix at the Interlagos circuit, a race which was won by Nico Rosberg.
Hamilton, who was criticised for leaving McLaren, the team who brought him into Formula One to join Mercedes at the end of the 2012 season feels that he made the right choice.
Hamilton revealed that when he sat down with Niki Lauda and then Team Principal Ross Brawn, he was convinced by what they told him and showed him that moving was the right decision for his Formula One career.
Hamilton stated that although his relationship with Nico Rosberg was tense over the course of the 2014 season, it is now back to normal. The newly crowned champion is looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Rosberg for 2015 as he bids to win a second consecutive champion.
The Brackley based outfit will be hopeful that they can carry their momentum from 2014 forward to the 2015 season.
© Ben Johnston 2014