Hamilton jokes about the “big ugly number one” on Verstappen’s car

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While talking about his struggles in 2022, Lewis Hamilton joked that it wasn’t as bad as seeing the “big ugly number one” on Max Verstappen’s car.

After a shocking and disappointing 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton wasn’t able to get back to immediately start 2022 with a bang, as Mercedes’ car proved to be very problematic throughout the year.

While talking to Sky Sports about his experiences in 2022, Lewis used the opportunity to joke about the “big ugly number one” on Max Verstappen’s car.

After the Dutch driver won the 2021 title in highly controversial fashion, he opted to race with no. 1 on his car in 2022. Lewis on the other hand opted to keep using his usual no. 44 after each of his championship wins.

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“It was not easy,” Lewis said when asked about his struggles in 2022.

“I think it’s more the big ugly number one [on Max Verstappen’s car]… I’m kidding,” he joked.

“I’m not really fazed by these things. I think people expect a reaction, but I’m chilled.

“Of course, I would have loved to have been at the forefront, battling, but it’s been an interesting journey seeing what they’re going through.

“Whatever negative feeling, I try to brush it aside,” the Briton concluded.

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