Lewis Hamilton has solid his thoughts again to 2009 in reflecting upon the struggles he’s going by means of along with his Mercedes automotive this season.
13 years in the past, after all, Hamilton was in his third marketing campaign with McLaren and the defending World Champion. There have been main regulation adjustments that shook up the pecking order much more than has been the case in 2022.
That was as a result of Brawn, who in 2008 had completed ninth within the Constructors’ Championship, mastered the brand new guidelines and captured each titles together with the Drivers’ with Jenson Button. They, after all, morphed into Mercedes in 2010 and Hamilton joined three years later.
In 2009, Hamilton, who had Heikki Kovalainen as his team-mate, completed fifth within the particular person standings and the primary of his two wins didn’t come till the Hungarian Grand Prix on the ultimate weekend in July.
This time period, the 37-year-old Briton has reached the identical race on the similar time of yr additionally with out a victory as but – and has mentioned the parallels between these two campaigns.
“I bear in mind it very clearly, 2009,” Hamilton advised reporters. “I bear in mind so many components of it. I bear in mind arriving in February, or January I feel it was, getting back from winter coaching and I bear in mind strolling alongside or being in a gathering with the blokes they usually’re like ‘we’ve already hit fairly arduous our downforce goal’.
“I bear in mind again then they mentioned from their interpretation it was 50% much less downforce than the earlier yr. And so they’re like ‘we’ve already hit targets’ and I bear in mind being ‘wow, actually? Meaning you’ve in all probability not set it excessive sufficient’.
“I bear in mind getting within the automotive in Portimão, I feel it was, and it was horrendous to drive. It was the worst automotive I had pushed, aside from the [Mercedes] engine was good, however I used to be three-wheeling in all places, the wheel was arising massively.
“So I bear in mind the struggles of that yr, qualifying fifteenth or no matter it was within the first race after which simply repeatedly chipping away and I bear in mind getting a giant improve at Nürburgring.
“They solely had one package and since I used to be forward on factors, I feel it was, I received the improve and I bear in mind going by means of Flip 6 and seven, it was the primary time we might take it flat. And I bear in mind I by accident had the radio on and made this ‘woo hoo’ form of noise they usually performed it again to the blokes again within the manufacturing facility – after which we received our first win in Budapest.”
Hamilton then returned to the current situation and having achieved his highest ending place of the season in France final outing, second with Mercedes team-mate George Russell third, he’s aiming to change into the primary driver in historical past to win the identical race 9 occasions on the Hungarian Grand Prix.
“This yr, initially of the season [it was] very related [to 2009] in February, it regarded like a wonderful…the set-up…we’d received numerous efficiency on the automotive, numerous confidence.
“Like, the automotive’s going to be good, and you then get within the factor and it was bouncing and it’s taken us a very long time to repair that, taken numerous efficiency off that automotive to allow it to cease bouncing.
“However I might say this expertise is…it’s spectacular to see a gaggle of individuals simply repeatedly not giving up, what you see inside these groups.
“I feel we haven’t made that huge step [McLaren] made in 2009 to allow us maybe to win in Budapest, however who is aware of? We aren’t giving up, we’re staying pedal to the steel.
“It’s a scorching race there. Possibly our automotive will probably be good, possibly we will be nearer to those guys. I hope so, a lot, as a result of I like that observe. So I hope the automotive feels good there.”