Record world champion Lewis Hamilton is struggling with mental and emotional problems. It’s been a “tough year” with everything going on around you, the Mercedes driver wrote on social media.

It is sometimes hard to “stay positive. I’ve been struggling with mental and emotional problems for a long time, it’s a big effort to keep going, but we have to keep fighting, we have so much to do and achieve”.

Hamilton did not name the specific circumstances. However, the 37-year-old Englishman addressed his followers and encouraged them that they were “not alone” and “that we will get through this”.

In sporting terms, the seven-time world champion is having a tough season so far. After the rule revolution in Formula 1, Hamilton is only in fifth place in the World Championship drivers’ standings.