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Hamilton: I hope 2023 is more than a two-way battle

Hamilton: I hope 2023 is more than a two-way battle

Hamilton: I hope 2023 is more than a two-way battle

Lewis Hamilton is hoping the 2023 Formula 1 season will feature more than two-way battles, with Mercedes joining the fight and why not McLaren and even Alpine.

Hamilton’s hope for more teams to challenge Ferrari and Red Bull in 2023, in addition to Mercedes of course, is as good Christmas wishes get, but chances are it will remain so, as the most optimistic scenario will only see Mercedes upping their game and giving Ferrari and Red Bull, 2022’s Title protagonists, a run for their money.

Mercedes are making so many noises about bouncing back after their disappointing 2022 campaign with their woeful W13, and indeed Hamilton hopes that is the case.

He told F1’s official website: “I’d like to think that we’re going to be the ones that are competing with them and being able to beat them [Red Bull] again, I do believe that for sure.

“But I really hope that Ferrari are strong in the following years,” he added. “They’ve definitely had a difficult year but there’s been some strong signs, obviously, that you’ve seen this year, which has been nice to see. And it’s been nice to see Ferrari doing well again.”

Hamilton, however, became greedy, hoping for more teams to join the fight at the front, which is by no means wrong, but the ultimate wish of every F1 fan.

The seven-time F1 Champion continued: “So, I hope that it’s more than a two-way battle next year. I hope there’s at least three of us.

“If not, surprisingly, maybe more. Like, why can’t McLaren be there? We’ll see. Or even Alpine’s been doing amazing. So, we’ll see,” he mused.

Real hunger within Mercedes

Hamilton insists Mercedes, with the support of the mother company’s board, and under the leadership of Toto Wolff have all what they need to succeed.

“We’ve got amazing support from the Daimler board who all like racing, [they’re] passionate racers. And then I think it’s the core group of people. There’s great communication throughout the organisation,” he pointed out.

“Toto [Wolff] is very focused as a leader to really elevate people,” he went on. “I don’t know any other leader that I’ve worked with at least that goes and says, ‘hey, how are things at home? How can I help support you better, so you have more time with your wife or your husband or with your partner, with your kids, so that you come to work and be happier and want to commit more?’

“That’s who Toto is. So I think it’s that, and because of that, there’s a real general hunger within the team,” the Briton maintained.

Hamilton finished the 2022 F1 season sixth in the Drivers’ Championship having, for the first time in his illustrious career failed to win a race in a season he’s contesting.

He will be rejoined by George Russell for the upcoming, the younger Briton making his debut for Mercedes in 2022, and beating Hamilton to fourth in the Drivers’ Standings, securing his first ever F1 race win at the 2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix on his way.