Lewis Hamilton: “The beginning of the year was not miserable”

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Lewis Hamilton says Mercedes early 2022 struggles did not make him “miserable”, but trying to understand the W13 was “so confusing”.

Mercedes has been struggling with its 2022 car since pre-season testing, and only in the last few races have they been able to make serious progress.

Asked if the early struggles have made Mercedes miserable, Lewis said:

“The beginning of the year was not miserable, because there could always be way worse.

“But just in terms of… I would say from a driver’s perspective, understanding this car was… [it was] so confusing,”

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“We were trying so many different things, we were trying to advance [but you had] no trust in the machine beneath you, particularly like the rear end. And that really kind of held us back a little bit.

“So, to now be in a position where we’re starting to understand the car a little bit more, we’ve got more consistency coming up, we’re seeing more consistency, it’s given us much more of an enjoyable drive.

“We still lack performance in some of those areas but we’re slowly getting there. But it’s like small chips, just constantly just chipping away at it.

“Unfortunately, you can’t take big leaps at the moment, but who knows, maybe one big leap will come at some stage, and we’ll be right there,” Hamilton concluded.

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