Lewis Hamilton says 2022 was the “hardest” but most “strengthening” season skilled in his time at Mercedes.
Having debuted with the staff in 2013, since 2014 Hamilton had been in a Mercedes challenger largely dominating the competitors, at worst very a lot within the thick of the motion, however that streak resulted in 2022.
The Silver Arrows had been placed on the again foot by Method 1’s overhauled Technical Laws, Hamilton ending a Method 1 season and not using a victory for the primary time in his profession.
“It’s been a really arduous yr for everybody,” Hamilton mirrored throughout an in-house Mercedes interview.
“For me, it’s been difficult in ways in which I wasn’t anticipating, however I’m extremely grateful for that.”
The explanation for this gratitude is that Hamilton believes he has grown as an individual in a method not corresponding to most seasons.
“I’ve felt extra progress this yr as a person, when it comes to inner energy, than I’ve in lots of different years,” he affirmed.
Regardless of the eight Constructors’ titles and 7 Drivers’ titles achieved by Mercedes since 2014, staff boss Toto Wolff truly seems to be at 2022 as the important thing yr for the Mercedes staff, as they’re pressured to be taught and enhance from the difficulties encountered.
Hamilton does consider this was essentially the most troublesome season in his time at Mercedes, however doesn’t see that as a damaging.
“Should you look again on the staff’s whole historical past, it was right here a very long time earlier than Toto and I joined and so they had some actually troublesome years,” stated Hamilton. “A few of the individuals have been right here for over 20 years and actually been by means of the thick of it.
“I might say for our present staff, when it comes to the final 10 years, this has been the hardest yr for everybody together with essentially the most strengthening. There was a lot resistance, a lot we have now been up in opposition to, and I’m grateful that we have now.
“There are numerous individuals working right here, together with many new individuals within the staff, and this expertise has been good for them too. Once we win, there’s a completely different gratitude now as a result of it occurred so usually earlier than.”
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton poised to return to title battle in 2023
Whereas Mercedes and Hamilton are clearly taking the teachings of 2022 as a optimistic, it’s protected to say that neither staff nor driver wish to discover subsequent season turning into a repeat of this one simply gone, however it might be a shock if it did.
Because the 2022 marketing campaign went on, it was clear that Mercedes had been gaining a firmer understanding of the way to unlock the efficiency from their W13, their essential concern being consistency.
That caught proper till the top of the season, evidenced by their one-two end in Brazil, to then being off the tempo of Pink Bull and Ferrari once more on the next weekend in Abu Dhabi.
However the final efficiency excessive which Mercedes had been able to grew stronger, and with a season of studying and an opportunity to return to the drafting board, all indicators level in the direction of Mercedes returning as a 2023 title contender, permitting Hamilton to take one other shot at that document eighth Drivers’ title.
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