Lewis Hamilton embarks on ‘life-changing’ adventure during F1 summer break

After an exhaustive first half of the season, F1 is in the middle of its four-week summer break, with the season not resuming until the Belgian Grand Prix at the end of the month.

It has been a tough 2022 for Mercedes so far, with the reigning constructors’ champions trailing Red Bull and Ferrari both on pace and in the team standings. However, the Silver Arrows made some drastic improvements in the run-up to the summer break, with a succession of podium finishes for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell. The latter even took pole position in Hungary last time out.

It has taken a lot of hard work from the Brackley outfit to improve the car and most team members will be taking advantage of the time off to put their feet up. Not Hamilton though.

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The seven-time world champion has embarked on a tour of Africa and started off in Namibia, where he had a balloon ride. He took to social media over the weekend to provide an update on his trip and why he has ventured to Africa.

“This year I’m spending my summer break doing something I’ve wanted to do for years,” he posted. “I’m finally tracing my roots through Africa and guys, to say this journey has been a grounding experience is an understatement. This has been a life changing reset.

“I feel like I have gained a new perspective on life, grown an even stronger love for animals and became even closer with my brothers who I’ve shared this special journey with. Everywhere I look I’m surrounded by so much beauty, and I feel truly re-centred and at peace.

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“My first stop was Namibia, one of the most stunning places I’ve ever seen with my own eyes. Words and pictures do not do it justice.

“The hot air balloon ride was surreal. We had to land sideways which is definitely something I’ll never forget. I could not think of a better place to spend this time off. Sending everyone peace and light, I’m off to the next stop.”

Hamilton is likely to be back in Africa for work next season, with the South African Grand Prix at Kyalami set to return to the calendar in 2023 after a gap of 30 years.


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