After ending a lowly thirteenth in Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and having already conceded defeat within the 2022 title race, Lewis Hamilton is at an uncharacteristically low ebb in his illustrious profession.
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Regardless of solely ending thirteenth in a tough Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes W13 is just not the worst automobile he has ever pushed.
After narrowly shedding the 2021 Drivers’ Championship in contentious circumstances, Hamilton got here into 2022 with aspirations of successful a report eighth title, however has needed to recalibrate his expectations for the yr after a tough begin to the season.
This yr’s Mercedes struggles noticeably with porpoising, and Sunday’s race at Imola was a very low level for Hamilton, who was lapped by winner and erstwhile title rival Max Verstappen.
However whereas the Silver Arrows’ W13 is proving a tough beast to tame, Hamilton says the McLaren MP4-24 he drove in 2009 started that season in even worse form.
“There are those who watch and say that I’ve by no means had a foul automobile,” Hamilton mentioned after ending 14th within the Imola Dash occasion on Saturday.
“And I can guarantee you I’ve. The 2009 automobile was very, very far off, and was the worst automobile that I’ve had.”
Hamilton expects Mercedes to bounce again
In F1’s remaining yr wherein solely the highest eight finishers scored
factors, Hamilton endured a five-race pointless stretch, and was mendacity eleventh
within the Drivers’ Championship by the season’s midway level.
Nevertheless, McLaren discovered their type within the second half of 2009, permitting Hamilton to take two wins and climb to fifth within the remaining
standings, and the Briton is tipping his Mercedes workforce to bounce again in a
comparable method this yr.
“This [W13] at the moment is just not far off that have, however I
suppose has a variety of potential, as did that automobile,” he added.
“We fastened [the MP4-24] ultimately and obtained again within the struggle, and
I’ve the utmost religion that my workforce can do this right here too.”
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