Lewis Hamilton, the end of a sadly historic season

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Lewis Hamilton, the end of a sadly historic season

A year to forget for Lewis Hamilton. Which will end on Sunday by a sad retirement at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, gearbox locked. Not a single victory after twenty-two GPs. A first for the seven-time world champion since 2007. Since the very beginning of his career in fact. Fifteen seasons to accumulate successes from its sixth race in 2007. One hundred and three in total. A week ago in Brazil, the Briton thought he could add a year to his long run of success.

But right in front of him, George Russell wasn’t going to let go the first success of his F1 career. Too bad for Hamilton who, this weekend in Abu Dhabi, has never been able to flirt with victory, or even with the podium. Fifth on the grid, jostled from the first lap by Carlos Sainz, not happy with the management of his tire changes by his strategist, Hamilton grumbled at the microphone and took the laps sailing between 4th and 5th place, until the machine jams before ending up with the gearbox blocked at reduced speed, leaving his F1 in front of his box.

“I’m just happy that this season is over”

Carlos Sainz’s fourth place would allow the Spaniard to overtake the Lewis Hamilton Championship, which ultimately fails in sixth place in the drivers’ standings. Last of the big 3 (Red Bull, Ferrari, Mercedes). Preceded by the two Red Bull drivers, the two men from Ferrari and his teammate George Russel (4th with 275 pts against 240 pts in Hamilton). On the good news side for Hamilton, the progress made by Mercedes at the end of the season and the happiness of abandoning the W13 which has given him so many worries this season.

Lewis Hamilton, during the Abu Dhabi GP, which he did not finish. (Rula Rouhana/Reuters)

Also when commenting on his final 2022 race weekend and anonymous season, Hamilton would just purr a few words in depressed mode: “I’m just glad this season is over. My abandonment illustrates my 2022 season. But you mustn’t let go, be resilient, keep attacking, and frankly, hot, I don’t really know what to tell you about the results to be drawn from this season, but hey, we’ve learned and we’re going try to keep moving forward. that’s our goal. »

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