Lewis Hamilton admits Formula 1 2022 one of his worst seasons but fans’ support ‘got me through’

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Lewis Hamilton opens up about the negatives and positives of 2022 and why fan support ‘got me over’ in the year after the Abu Dhabi drama.Mercedes boss Toto Wolff defends Hamilton’s season and ‘irrelevant’ defeat to his new teammate George Russell

Last updated: 23/11/22 1:20pm


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Lewis Hamilton returns to the title scene as he reflects on last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title decider against Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton returns to the title scene as he reflects on last year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix title decider against Max Verstappen

Lewis Hamilton has rated F1 2022 as one of the worst seasons of his career but thanks his fans “for loving them more than ever” after a heartbreak in Abu Dhabi. , says it supported him “throughout the year.”

Hamilton endured his first season without a record-breaking F1 career victory or pole position in 2022 at a surprisingly underperforming Mercedes, but sixth place in the championship represented his lowest finish. increase.

At the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, seven-time world champion Hamilton said he was happy to see the back of his W13 car despite lack of pace and a bye in the race.

“This year has not been the best,” he added. “We might line up in the top three of the worst seasons, but there were a lot of positives in terms of how the team stayed together.”

Nico Rosberg says it will be the 'ultimate challenge' for George Russell to finish ahead of Hamilton for the second year in a row

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Nico Rosberg says it will be the ‘ultimate challenge’ for George Russell to finish ahead of Hamilton for the second year in a row

Nico Rosberg says it will be the ‘ultimate challenge’ for George Russell to finish ahead of Hamilton for the second year in a row

“I wish I could have won, but one win isn’t enough, is it?

“This year when I got the first 5th it felt like a victory, when I got the first 4th it felt like a victory, when I got the first podium it felt like a victory I feel like I’ve really achieved something, so I’m going to keep at it.”

Hamilton, meanwhile, took to Instagram after post-season testing in Abu Dhabi.

Hamilton: Amazing support got us through the year

Hamilton said in a pre-race interview that one of the most difficult aspects of 2022 was his desire to fight back after last year’s title woes, but his inability to do so amid Mercedes’ struggles. admitted.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull dominate the drivers and team titles at F1 2022.

Hamilton said the struggle Mercedes faced with its car this year

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Hamilton said the struggle Mercedes faced with its car this year “provides the tools and strength” to fight for more championships in the future.

Hamilton said the struggle Mercedes faced with its car this year “provides the tools and strength” to fight for more championships in the future.

But Hamilton, who suffered a crushing defeat to Verstappen on the last lap of the final race of 2021, said he had more support than ever to help him navigate a tough season.

“I never expected what happened after that in terms of the amazing support from the fans,” he continued. “I think the general love I experienced was what sustained me throughout the year.

“We’ve experienced more love and affection than ever before in the challenge of coming back and wanting to fight back but not being able to fight back.”

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff looked disappointed after Hamilton was forced to retire and Russell finished fifth in Abu Dhabi

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Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff looked disappointed after Hamilton was forced to retire and Russell finished fifth in Abu Dhabi

Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff looked disappointed after Hamilton was forced to retire and Russell finished fifth in Abu Dhabi

Wolff defends ‘irrelevant’ defeats to Hamilton and Russell

Meanwhile, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff defended Hamilton’s season, saying his loss to young new teammate George Russell was “irrelevant”.

Russell, who is 13 years younger than Hamilton, was in his first year at Mercedes and was 35 points ahead of Hamilton in the final standings, recording his only win of the season at the penultimate race, Brazil.

Hamilton and Sergio Perez meet again in Abu Dhabi, but with roles reversed compared to last year

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Hamilton and Sergio Perez meet again in Abu Dhabi, but with roles reversed compared to last year

Hamilton and Sergio Perez meet again in Abu Dhabi, but with roles reversed compared to last year

“It’s irrelevant,” said Wolff of Russell’s advantage. “They weren’t racing for the World Championship.

“They have never raced to win outside of Brazil. I don’t think it matters for any team to come second, third, fourth or fifth.”

2022 was the first time Hamilton finished behind his teammate since losing the title to Nico Rosberg in 2016.

Russell insists there is no tension between himself and Hamilton, they are both going in the same direction

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Russell insists there is no tension between himself and Hamilton, they are both going in the same direction

Russell insists there is no tension between himself and Hamilton, they are both going in the same direction

Regarding Hamilton’s 2022 season, Wolff added:

“Lewis expects the world champion who has been robbed of the title to just come in and beat everyone, so it was really, really good. But we didn’t give him a car for that.

“When things were difficult for him, he kept us upbeat with the energy level he showed in the briefing room.

“For me, having known him personally and personally for 10 years, his demeanor and mindset stood out this year.”

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