Lewis Hamilton is at an unusually great disadvantage in racing after placing 13th in Sunday’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and having already admitted defeat in the 2022 championship fight.
Lewis Hamilton claims his Mercedes W13 isn’t the worst car he’s ever raced, after placing 13th in a challenging Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.
Hamilton entered into 2022 with dreams of capturing a remarkable 8th Drivers’ Championship, but following a poor start to the season, he has forced to reevaluate his goals for the year.
The Mercedes team has been struggling with porpoising all season, and Sunday’s event at Imola was a low moment for Hamilton, who was passed by champion and former championship rival Max Verstappen.
While the Silver Arrows’ W13 is being difficult to control, Hamilton claims that the McLaren MP4-24 he raced in 2009 started the season in even worse shape.
“There are people that watch and say that I’ve never had a bad car,” Hamilton said after finishing 14th in the Imola Sprint event on Saturday.
“And I can assure you I have. The 2009 car was very, very far off, and was the worst car that I’ve had.”
Hamilton believes Mercedes will recover
Hamilton had a five-race winless streak in F1’s penultimate year, when only the top 8 finishers were awarded points, and by the season’s midway point, he placed 11th in the standings.
In the second half of 2009, though, McLaren rediscovered their form, enabling Hamilton to claim two victories and finish fifth in the overall rankings, and the Briton expects his Mercedes squad to do the same this year.
“This [W13] currently is not far off that experience, but I think has a lot of potential, as did that car,” he added.
“We fixed [the MP4-24] eventually and got back in the fight, and I have the utmost faith that my team can do that here too.”
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