Lewis Hamilton assesses Mercedes’ progress throughout 2022

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Lewis Hamilton talks about the W13’s improvement ‘false positives’, and says “it was like a ghost was in the car and it kept coming back”.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes endured a difficult 2022 season, mostly due to the team’s troubled car – the W13.

However, by the end of the season, the car seemed to be in a much better place, with the team even scoring a 1-2 at the Sao Paulo Grand Prix.

In a year-end talk with Mercedes’ official website, Lewis gave his assessment of the progress the team has made throughout 2022.

“It’s been impressive, for sure,” Lewis said.

“I always knew that we could do it. I never doubted that we would get there in the end, but there was lots of trial and error, and so much failure this year.

“There were times we brought upgrades and they didn’t work, and times we tried different things and it didn’t work.

“I tried so many things and failed so many times but through that you learn and grow. That’s what it’s been about this year.

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“It’s been about failure, breaking down egos, strengthening our relationships, and strengthening our communications. From that perspective it’s been really empowering.”

The Briton was then asked to pinpoint moments when it felt like the team was making tangible progress.

“The first big step was Barcelona, that was our first hint of there being more potential in the car.

“It turned out to be a bit of a false positive. The car was good there but then the races afterwards were difficult. It was like a ghost was in the car and it kept coming back.

“But then there was France and that felt like a good step with our first double podium of the season.

“And then there was Austin, too, with the update we had working well,” Hamilton concluded.

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