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Hamilton reflects on 'odd' 2016

2016-12-22 20:30
Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Four time former Formula One world Champion Lewis Hamilton says there were a number of incidents in 2016 that he found a bit odd.

Hamilton finished second in a season marked by clashes with teammate Nico Rosberg who retired after claiming his first F1 title.

Hamilton didn't mention anything specific but Autosport quoted him as saying: "There have been instances that have felt a bit odd.

"There have been some uncomfortable scenarios. But I should expect that.

"That comes with the territory when you've competed at the front for some time.

"It's a tricky scenario for a team when they've got two drivers fighting for a championship.

"But what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger so through those experiences you learn a lot about different characters and also about yourself."

Despite enduring a perplexing and frusrating season Hamilton maintains he has learned a lot in 2016 and vowed to come back strong in 2017.

"I came out with more wins and more poles this year, which is great," he said.

"Growth as a driver and also the bond that I have built with my guys is something that really strengthens me going into next year.

"I learned a lot about myself this year.

"I understood where the weaknesses are that I can now improve for next year - although actually I did part way through the season."

Hamilton backed Mercedes to keep the team on top despite the changes to regulations for 2017.

"Getting on top of the new regulations is going to be a real team effort but I'm game for that," he said.

"We are working together better than we ever have, so we are better equipped than we ever have been to deal with the rule changes so I'm excited for that."

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