Lewis Hamilton is not looking forward to the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. He cannot. The Briton lost his championship in the final lap after a safety car restart due to ‘human errors’. The Briton was just a few feet away from his eighth world championship, but it all unraveled. Even today, the events of that day continue to cause outrage, controversy and anger. Hamilton was rumored to be retiring, but nothing came of it. But it got even worse for him in 2022.
The W13 wasn’t very competitive and the Briton ended up mostly on podiums. On his best days, he could compete for second place. It was the first time in his career that he didn’t win any races. He was also beaten by his teammate George Russell in the standings. The performance of 2023 isn’t much better. He’s done better than Russell, and he looks better overall.
“AD21” continues to haunt him. In an ESPN interview, he stated: “That feeling will never truly leave you.” When you think of your first love it will always bring back that first love. Abu Dhabi is a scar and will remain etched in our minds forever. It took me a year to get through the trauma, even though I had reprogrammed myself. We were back at work straight away. It was not a quick process .”
Lewis Hamilton: Mercedes desperately needs upgrades
Lewis Hamilton’s contract with Mercedes will expire at the end 2023. However, an extension seems likely. It’s becoming obvious that he won’t be competing for the F1 championship this year. The team can improve and make a strong case for the runner-up position. Hamilton can’t wait for the Silver Arrows to introduce MAJOR improvements in Imola. Hamilton’s Miami performance was abysmal.
The Briton told Autosport that he was not very quick, and the situation is difficult. We are just trying a lot of different things.” And added: “I am trying to remain positive and we are working as hard as possible. We need upgrades badly, no doubt. Just keep your head down and we will start a different path in the next race .”
Mercedes could, of course, still have a good race in Miami. The upgrades in Imola will be crucial to their season and even the fight for P2. Aston Martin and Ferrari will definitely not sit idle. Red Bull will continue to develop until they are hit by the cost cap penalty.