Lewis Hamilton’s harsh assessment as he finishes F1 2022 with no victories
Lewis Hamilton has reflected on his first season without a win in Formula One, which ended with a late retirement from the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
From the moment he was squeezed by Carlos Sainz in the early stages and found himself bouncing over the kerbs and across the run-off area, the seven-time former World Champion had an eventful afternoon at Yas Marina.
The 37-year-old Briton was constantly active on the team radio, reporting at various intervals that he was “losing power,” “something’s wrong with the car,” and “the floor is broken” before a fatal issue occurred with only a few laps remaining.
Hamilton could only tour back to the pits and climb out of the car after becoming stuck in seventh gear as he was closed down by Sainz for fourth place. It was his first mechanical retirement of the season and his second overall.
It meant he finished sixth in the World Championship, 35 points behind teammate George Russell, who had given Mercedes their only victory of the season in Brazil the previous race.
The Silver Arrows finished third in the Constructors’ standings, 39 points behind second-placed Ferrari, which they hoped to catch in Abu Dhabi.
But, of course, their W13 had Mercedes on the back foot from the start of the 2022 season, and despite steady progress throughout, the car was simply never able to match champions Red Bull’s RB18 on a consistent enough basis.
When Sky F1 asked Hamilton if the race in Abu Dhabi was representative of his entire year, he quickly responded, “Yeah, it really was.”
“Ultimately, I think we started with a car we didn’t want and finished with a car we didn’t want,” he added.
“But we were basically stuck with it, and we just kept trundling along, working away at improving it, but the fundamentals remained all the way to the end.”
“I believe it was more of a team-building exercise this year.” I’m hoping that our struggles this year have given us the tools and strength to fight for many more championships in the future.”
After going the entire season without a win, Hamilton told the media, including PlanetF1, that “I always believed right up until the last race there was potentially a chance.” I believe it is critical to maintain hope.
“I gave it my all, and I think the last race summed up the entire year.” “I’m relieved it’s finished.”