Horse Tracks: Lewis Hamilton’s F1 win is a good lesson for Broncos Country

Horse Tracks: Lewis Hamilton’s F1 win is a good lesson for Broncos Country

Good morning, Broncos Country!

(editor’s note: before you’re tempted to jump into the comments and write something about what a stupid topic this is for a Broncos site, let me stop you and appeal to your kinder, smarter self who shouldn’t be complaining to underpaid bloggers in July about how their mandatory daily post isn’t brilliant enough. The first person to post that comment will be the first to be credited with my remaining HT posts from July of this year, as well as all posts through 2025. The second and subsequent ones will be banned. Ha!)

I am a fairly casual Formula 1 fan. I like to watch the results and read about how the victories went. if there was anything interesting about it.

Something interesting happened during the British Grand Prix on Sunday.

Lewis Hamilton won the race.

Hamilton — like the rest of the F1 field over the past three years — has lost out to the young and aggressive Max Verstappen, who has effectively taken the title for the past two years after somewhat controversially taking it from Hamilton in 2021.

And although Verstappen will likely be crowned winner again this year, he is more vulnerable and his opponents are eager to take advantage of that.

For Hamilton, co-owner of the Denver Broncos and one of the most decorated drivers in Formula 1 history, Sunday’s victory was something of a comeback, even if it is his only win this year.

“You have to keep digging deep, even when you feel at the lowest point of your ability,” the Briton said after his thrilling victory in front of a rapturous crowd. “My fans all over the world have been so supportive.”

(second editor’s note: I could end this post here and assume Broncos fans get the message. But you know me — I prefer to preach, lol.)

In his post-race comments, Hamilton highlighted the difficulty of going 30 months without winning a race, despite spending seven years at the top of Formula 1 and never going more than 10 races without a win.

The veteran driver was reduced to tears during his slow lap to the pit lane on Sunday, admitting to the crowd that it had taken him “a long time to recover” from the controversial conclusion to the 2021 season that would have seen him become the only eight-time F1 champion.

But hard work and belief in the job kept him going, despite doubts about whether he could ever win again.

“And there’s definitely been moments where you know, the thought that this was it, that this was never going to happen again,” he said. “So to have that feeling over the line, I think, honestly, I’ve never cried after a win. It just came out of me. And it’s a really, really great feeling. I’m very, very grateful for it.”

As my headline suggests, there’s a lesson here (obviously). I don’t know when the Broncos will be good again (and I’ve gone on record saying it won’t be this season in terms of WL), but Hamilton’s win on Sunday is a good reminder that good things happen in sports when effort, talent and confidence come together.

I think that’s what happens at Dove Valley and I’m looking forward to our ‘British Grand Prix moment’ soon.

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