Seven-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton goes into the winter with a bad feeling. For the second race in a row, Hamilton did not achieve a good result and he is particularly concerned about the lead that Red Bull still seems to have.
“Not great,” said Lewis Hamilton when asked how he felt after the Abu Dhabi GP. “I just finished ninth, two bad races in a row (after seventh in Las Vegas).”
“Red Bull won by 17 seconds and they haven’t touched their car since August. You can guess where they will be next year… I was just slow throughout the race.”
At Red Bull they indeed quickly shifted the focus to 2024 and the development of the current car was therefore figuratively put on hold. At Mercedes, on the other hand, they still had to remove many ‘teething problems’ from the Mercedes W14 and gain more experience and knowledge about the car that can hopefully contribute to the development of the car for the 2024 F1 season.
“The season overall wasn’t great,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1. “There’s not much to take away from this year. The fact that we survived the year is pretty much it.”
“Red Bull has not even developed its car since August, which is certainly a cause for concern.”
“But we learned a lot about the car and now it’s up to the team, they know what to do. We’ll see if we can get there.”