Lewis Hamilton regrets the domination of Max Verstappen: “If we all had the same car…”

Lewis Hamilton regrets the domination of Max Verstappen: “If we all had the same car…”
Lewis Hamilton regrets the domination of Max Verstappen: “If we all had the same car…”

Mercedes struggled for outright performance, with its high reliability helping the team score 11 podiums (six for Hamilton; five for George Russell).

Hamilton is winless this season meaning 2022 could be the first season of his F1 career where he hasn’t scored a Grand Prix victory.

After an unfortunate retirement last time out at the Belgian Grand Prix, Hamilton will hope Mercedes will be more competitive at Zandvoort.

Speaking ahead of the F1 Dutch Grand Prix on Thursday, Hamilton explained how a car’s performance limits a driver’s ability to show his true talent amid Max Verstappen’s dominance this season.

“I mean the car limits us,” he said. “I think for anyone further down the order, they’re limited by the machines they have. If we all had the same car, it doesn’t matter which one, you would see a better reflection of every driver, but that’s obviously not the case.

“Every time we get in the car we come in optimistic, sometimes over-optimistic and we have to lower that optimism but try to keep it throughout the weekend. But it immediately becomes very clear where we are and that we still often have the limitations that we have. And every time you get in the car, there’s more and more information that I can pass on to the team to try to get us on the right track for next year.

With Verstappen and Red Bull dominating both championships, attention naturally turned to next year.

Hamilton revealed he was “spending a lot of his time” communicating with Mercedes engineers to help design the 2023 car with the aim of returning to victory.

That’s really where I apply a lot of my time, it’s just communicating with all the heads of different departments really to make sure we don’t leave anything to chance. It could be brakes, gear ratios, suspension, handling, aerodynamic characteristics from when you step on the brakes to when you turn to when you get the power back – all those sorts of things – to help them figure out where they’ll design the car for next year.

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