“We are far behind. I don’t know if we will be able to win a race this year.” Lewis Hamilton’s 2022 season began like this, with these words. Almost a sentence with no right of reply. Instead, by now halfway through the journey, the situation seems to have changed.
First in Barcelona and then in Silverstone, the W13 showed important steps forward after the update packages brought by the Brackley team. These innovations were aimed at reducing porpoising – an objective achieved – but also at making a machine that suffers a lot from bouncing less rigid. For this reason, substantial changes have been made to the suspensions, as well as necessary interventions on the bottom and wings.
“It’s not a good way of thinking, ours at the beginning of the year. But the feeling was that we had a very long way to go to reach the others, given the progress they have made.”
“Surely what we have been able to do in the last few races is encouraging. For a long, long time we have made changes and we have not seen improvements that we thought could bring to the car.”
Charles Leclerc, Ferrari F1-75, Carlos Sainz, Ferrari F1-75, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes W13
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“In Barcelona we made a good step forward, but then we had several tough races. Then we did well at Silverstone, also in Canada. We were pretty strong and that really encouraged us to understand that we are moving in the right direction, that there really is potential in the machine. “
With a little more work and commitment, we hope to be able to get closer to winning a race. So I really believe that this year we can win a race. “
If success does not come, for Lewis Hamilton it would be the first time since racing in Formula 1. Since 2007 – the year of his debut in which he immediately touched the title – the British driver has managed to win at least one race in every season he has disputed. in the world-famous Circus.
The worst, from the point of view of the number of victories, is 2013, the first as a Mercedes driver. Lewis only managed to win the Hungarian Grand Prix, but that was only the beginning, the beginning of an era – the hybrid one – in which Mercedes won all the Constructors’ titles and Hamilton signed him. in 6 of the 8 disputed.
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