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Lewis Hamilton says missing out on 2007 title was one of his lowest moments

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After recently securing his fifth Formula One championship, Lewis Hamilton cemented himself as being one of the greatest to ever do it in the sport.

The two remaining races will serve as a victory lap for the 33-year-old. However, Hamilton has shown no interest in slowing down, with a constructors' title well-within his sights.

Ten years ago, Hamilton won his first F1 title. However, the Mercedes driver has revealed it was his rookie season the year prior that had the bigger implications on his career in the long term. 

That year, a baby-faced, debuting Hamilton missed out on a title by just one point to Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.

The now five-time champion has admitted that missing out on his first title could have had a major impact on how the rest of his career turned out.

He said: "I think so. I don't know how sportsmen find a way to come back.

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"I know there are way worse things that can happen in life, but when you have a psychological low, you see sportsmen who are really great and then they have that one blow and it's hard for them to come back.

Hamilton went into the last race of the 2007 season having enjoyed an impressive campaign up to that point. However, a slew of technical problems along with a scrappy start meant he missed out on being the sport's first-ever rookie champion.

The 33-year-old admitted that the near miss was one of the lowest moments of his career.

He said: "It was definitely one of the most, if not the most, devastating experience losing the first year.

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"Even though I didn't expect to win in my first year, the stresses and strains of going through that first year were too much to take as immature as my mind was.

"Then, to have to dig myself out of that bottomless pit that I was in, to come back in 2008, be strong, win the first race and then get to the end of the year again...I don't know how I would have come back from it."

It's safe to say Hamilton knew how to bounce back...

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