The 2022 Formula 1 season came to an end with Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix and Lewis Hamilton’s retirement there means that this was the first season of his career in which he didn’t win at least one race.
He also finished behind his teammate George Russell in the drivers’ standings, as Hamilton was sixth on 240 points and Russell was fourth on 275 points.
Despite this result, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has defended Hamilton and dismissed the relevance of the younger driver finishing ahead.
“Irrelevant, they are not racing for a world championship,” Wolff said.
“They haven’t raced for victories apart from Brazil.
“The record about race wins doesn’t matter a lot.
“It is more about helping to set the stage for next season. We have the right pillars in place.”
Lewis Hamilton discusses his 2022 season
Hamilton himself has also reflected on the campaign, admitting it was one of his most frustrating.
“This year was not the greatest, probably up there with the top-three worst seasons,” he said.
“But in terms of how the team stayed united, there have been lots of pluses.
“It would have been nice to have taken a win, but one win is not really enough is it?
“I feel like this year, when we got our first fifth, it felt like a win. When we got our first fourth, it felt like a win. When we got our first podium, it felt like a win, and those second places felt as if we really achieved something, so I’ll just hold on to those.”