This season is certainly one of the most difficult for Lewis Hamilton in his Formula 1 career. Following the new regulations, the British driver’s car has changed completely and he is not getting used to it. His results are clearly down compared to previous years. Faced with this terrible year of 2022 for him, the 37-year-old driver may have already decided to end his F1 career.
Not everything is going well for Lewis Hamilton this season. With the new regulations that came into effect in 2022, Mercedes had to completely rethink its car. If this doesn’t seem to have bothered George Russell – the British driver’s new team-mate – the seven-time world champion finds himself totally disoriented. The 37 year old driver is not able to be competitive with his car and this is reflected in his results.
Lewis Hamilton is in 6th place in the F1 standings and is far behind leader Max Verstappen. With the season not yet half over, the Mercedes driver is almost certainly now out of the running for the world championship title. Lewis Hamilton’s return to the top of F1 seems tricky this year. And his difficulties could be explained by a habit of having always had a very good car in recent years in addition to a problem of confidence linked to his poor start to the season.
“It’s a big change for Lewis, he’s not used to driving a car that’s not competitive. He has fought for the championship every year since 2014, and now he has a new teammate in George Russell, who is young and has been very competitive so far.” says former team mate Jenson Button,
“This is due to the fact that George has a much better car than the one he had at Williams, it has given him confidence to attack more. Lewis probably doesn’t have the confidence in this car, and you have to if you want to get the most out of it. And when you’ve had a few bad races, it affects you mentally. It’s a sport that requires a lot of that mental strength. It’s not just physical,” explained Jenson Button.
So could this situation lead to Lewis Hamilton ending his F1 career sooner than expected? Jenson Button thinks so:
“Lewis, as we all know, is one of the best in the world, maybe even the best in Formula One. He will be competitive again, at least if he wants to be. That is the question. Perhaps he feels that his career is over and that he wants to do something else. Who knows?”
But if Lewis has a car that can win, then he will win races. It remains to be seen whether Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will be able to recover during the season, or whether the German team will be more operational in 2023 after a transition year.