Jacques Villeneuve says in 2023 “we’re going to see the best Lewis”

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1997 F1 champion Jacques Villeneuve says finishing the season “without a pole position and a win” will “do something” to Lewis Hamilton, “and then it gets fun”.

For the first time in his Formula 1 career, Lewis Hamilton finished a season without a win or a pole position.

Jacques Villeneuve thinks this will push the Briton to be the best version of himself next year.

“Next year I expect a lot from Lewis Hamilton – we’re going to see the best Lewis,” Villeneuve wrote in his Formule1.nl column.

“He ended the season without a pole position and a win. That will do something to him, I think. And then it gets fun, Mercedes has been able to improve. We saw that in Brazil.”

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The Canadian then gave his comments on Lewis’ 2022 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

“In the opening stages of the [Abu Dhabi Grand Prix], Lewis rightly had to give that place back [to Carlos Sainz].

“He also had some trouble with the mediums. Once switched to the hard tyre, he really flew around the track.

“It was a shame for him that he had to end the race like this, for the first time due to mechanical failure this season,” Villeneuve concluded.

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