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Win 'not a turning point' - Hamilton

ESPNF1 Staff
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Lewis Hamilton had his mum Brenda present as he won in Abu Dhabi © Sutton Images

Lewis Hamilton says that his victory in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will not be a turning point for him after his recent struggles on and off the track.

Hamilton has been battling with issues in his personal life which has coincided with an apparent loss of form, highlighted by clashes with Felipe Massa and a run of seven races without a victory during which time he only stood on the podium once. After taking pole position in the Korean Grand Prix in October Hamilton warned that didn't signal an upturn in fortunes, and he said he was feeling the same way after winning at Yas Marina.

"Every time we have a win or a good result, the same question is asked, but I don't feel this is a turning point in my life to be honest," Hamilton is quoted by The Times. "I just feel it was a weekend where things went right, I was in the right place. I want to do that more often but we could arrive at the next race and it could be a disaster again. You don't know what is going to be handed to you. I just have to make sure I am in the same place as I was in Abu Dhabi and hope that it comes together.

"If I can continue to position myself well then there is no reason why we cannot continue to have races like that. I wouldn't necessarily [say that I] have my mojo back, if that is the right word. I have had some wins this year so, [it's been] on and off. But I will definitely try to have my mum, my family and my brother here more often."

After his demeanour off the track appeared to be affected by his recent lack of results, Hamilton said he would be looking to give himself less of a hard time going forward where possible.

"Maybe in the future I will try to be less critical [of myself]. I don't know what it is like when you talk to the other drivers; I don't know if they are as hard on themselves as I am. But when you are driving the car and you see yourself make mistakes that you know when you are in your right headspace you would never make, it is frustrating. I hate making mistakes."