Lewis Hamilton ‘doesn’t plan’ on having another winless year

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Ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says he came away from the 2022 season “empty handed”, but he doesn’t “plan on that this year”.

Ahead of the Sao Paulo Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton was asked to give his expectations for the race weekend.

“I don’t really know,” the Briton said.

“I expect the Red Bull to be very fast, as always! It seems to work pretty much everywhere, except for Singapore. And we expect the Ferraris to be quick.

“I hope that our car works well here like it did in Austin but you can just never predict – it could be bad, it could be good.

“So we’re just trying to prepare the best way we can.”

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Back in 2022, Mercedes claimed its only victory of the season in Brazil, so Lewis was asked if he thinks this is his best chance to ensure he ‘doesn’t go another season without winning’.

“I said it’s not easy to predict. I really don’t know. After the last couple of races, you get messages from people like ‘oh, it’s looking good’. I’m like ‘it was looking good at the end of last year, too’.

“But we started 1.5 seconds behind at the start of the year. So I’m not dazzled by where we are currently.

“I’m proud… the only reason I’m on the podium is the great work that’s gone in the background, but I’m more thinking quite long-term at the moment.

“And then short-term just trying to solidify second in the Constructors’ because that’s so important for everyone within the team.

“But I anticipate the Red Bulls are going to blitz it because their car has been great but if that’s not the case, then I’ll be ready to take the fight to them.

“If it can be anything like Austin and we can get the strategy better than that would be incredible.

“And I came away empty handed last year, so I don’t plan on that this year.”

Asked about Mercedes’ battle with Ferrari for P2 in the Constructors’ Championship, Lewis said:

“Yeah. It’s a really fun, enjoyable battle and these guys did a great job in qualifying at the last race but fortunately we were able to leapfrog them but I think it’s going to be close.

“And these last three races, it’s going just take all hands on deck to stop these guys,” the Briton concluded.

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