Hamilton: Two more races with this thing

Hamilton: Two more races with this thing

Hamilton: Two more races with this thing

Lewis Hamilton had only one positive to take out of his 2023 Sao Paulo Grand Prix, and that is he has two more races to endure with his W14.

The seven-time Formula 1 Champion endured a nightmare of a weekend in Brazil, his Mercedes W14 back to its misbehaving worst after what seemed to be an improvement following an upgrade in Austin.

In a way, that summarizes the eight-time Constructors’ Champions 2023 season with their W14, a bad car from its inception and not responding to upgrades, playing cruel games with the team giving them false hope at some races only for it to return to its wayward behavior.

And that was the case in Sao Paulo where Mercedes struggled to get on top of their tyre issues, suffering in the Sprint race, their suffering continuing into Sunday’s Grand Prix.

After finishing eighth in the race, Hamilton told Sky Sports F1: “It didn’t feel as disastrous as yesterday [Saturday]. Yesterday I literally had no tyres left, they were worn to zero.

“I feel like I drove a better race today in terms of managing the tyres to the best of my ability,” he pointed out. “But the car, there’s moments it works and moments it doesn’t, and it’s so inconsistent through the lap.

“So we have to figure out what that is. Then also we are really slow on the straights and at least sliding the car through the corners.

A race to forget

“So one to forget but hopefully there’s lots of learning from today,” the winner of 103 grands prix maintained.

“One thing the car is really unpredictable. In a sense of one weekend it feels good, one session it feels good, and then not,” Hamilton went on. “I’m sure we will go and look at things and find things we should have done differently but with the one [practice] session it’s difficult.

“But I’m still proud of the team, they still came here and did their work, they hold their head up high and that’s what we have to continue to do. Just keep pushing forward,” the Mercedes ace concluded.

The result from Sao Paulo means Hamilton now has a 32-point gap to bridge if he wants to beat Sergio Perez for second place in the 2023 F1 Drivers’ Standings while hoping Mercedes deliver a decent car befitting a driver of his caliber.

“Two more races with this thing. Hopefully no more driving it,” Hamilton concluded with a damning verdict on his 2023 ride.