Verstappen’s friend praises Hamilton’s “unprecedented” drive

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Tom Coronel, Dutch racing driver and friend of the Verstappen family, says Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have anything more to prove, so his “drive” to continue in F1 is “unprecedented”.

In his end of season round-up for Dutch FORMULE 1 magazine, Tom Coronel gave his thoughts on Lewis Hamilton’s performance in 2022.

The Dutch driver, and friend of the Verstappen family, thinks Lewis was less motivated in the first half of the season, while Mercedes was struggling to understand its car, but he praised his ‘recovery’ later on in the season.

“The motivation was not there for a while, the preparation was maybe not top and he had to take stock of the competition,” Coronel wrote.

“However, not hitting the sweet spot does not mean you have lost it, as he has underlined in the second half of the season.

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“It is clever how he has recovered, and that he now wants to continue even longer. Because with him you could easily think: ‘you’ve seen it anyway, what do you still have to prove?’

“So that drive is there and that is unprecedented, because he doesn’t have to do it for money, fame or unfinished business,” he concluded.

Despite how Coronel interpreted Lewis’ struggles early on in the season, Mercedes has revealed on numerous occasions that the Briton was heavily focused on gathering data and testing set-ups, and has sacrificed his race performance because of it. Taking this into account, it’s not really fair to question Lewis’ motivation level.

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