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Lewis Hamilton’s issues could be solved with a new FIA rule change.
Lewis Hamilton’s biggest issue in 2022 could be almost completely fixed for next season as the FIA suggests its new rules changes will work. Mercedes struggled with porpoising issues early on in the season with the seven-times champion suffering back pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

This led the FIA to consider changes to the regulations on safety grounds with a metric to measure how much cars were bouncing introduced mid-season. However, teams will now have to raise their floor edges by 15mm with changes also expected to the diffuser.

The porpoising issues appeared to disappear mid-season but returned in Abu Dhabi with both Mercedes drivers again complaining of the issue. The FIA’s head of single-seaters, Nikolas Tomazis has stressed there is “no doubt” the rules changes were the right thing for F1.

He also claimed the new package would reduce the levels of porpoising teams have become used to.

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He added: “We tried to find a pragmatic, short-term solution and a medium-term solution. It won’t necessarily dissipate [porpoising] completely, but it will be a step less.”

The comments come just weeks after Lewis Hamilton identified his car’s porpoising in Baku as his most memorable moment of the season. Picking up an image of him holding his back in agony, Hamilton described how the issue had stuck in his memory.

Speaking on a Mercedes AMG Petronas YouTube video, the Briton said: “I don’t actually remember a lot of these photos. This one I remember. This one is the one I remember the most just because of the pain I was in. That weekend I went lower than (Russell) on the rear ride height. It was much worse on my car but painful for both of us.”

Toto Wolff welcomed the rules changes when they were first announced back in the summer. However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner and Ferrari’s Mattia Binotto both battled against any snap changes.

Earlier this season, Binotto even suggested he would find a way to stop any updates if rules changes went ahead. But, Russell admitted he was looking forward to the changes after suffering at the final race of the season.

He explained: “The changes the FIA are making with the raised floor edge is going to be an improvement in that regard. It definitely adds quite a lot of fatigue. I forgot what it was like to drive with the car bouncing around through the corners, downward straight a little bit.

“So I’ll be happy if I turn up to Bahrain next year with none of that.”

British superstar Lewis Hamilton has been living it up in the wake of a fractured Formula 1 campaign that ended without a single race win.
Mercedes endured a season to forget in 2022, and Formula 1 giant Lewis Hamilton is making up for lost time by creating new memories in the off-season. The veteran recorded a career-worst sixth-place finish this year, while Red Bull rival Max Verstappen sauntered to a successful title defence.

This was also the first season in which Hamilton has failed to win a single race since joining F1’s ranks with McLaren back in 2007. The seven-time world champion recently went so far as to say he grew “sick and tired” of Mercedes’ car in 2022, feelings that were exacerbated particularly by the W13’s porpoising issues in the first half of the season.

It seems only right the frustrated F1 favourite has an opportunity to let his hair down after ending the year with one final retirement in Abu Dhabi. And Hamilton did just that with a post-season trip to Egypt, where he’s been seen hanging out with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

The 37-year-old posted pictures from a recent Dior catwalk event in Cairo, where he took in a show with the Giza necropolis as a backdrop. Hamilton shared images watching alongside fashion friend Campbell, as well as his own tour of the pyramids and a night-time laser display, to boot.

“First time in Egypt,” he wrote via Instagram. “I’ve wanted to come here for the longest time, and I’ve been wanting to see more of Africa after my trip this summer. Got to do both in one trip. Thank you @mrkimjones and the @dior team for inviting me along, these two beautiful days in Cairo were incredible.”

As well as taking in Dior’s latest wares, Hamilton posted a video of himself exploring the pyramid catacombs. He also made time for a surf and looked just as confident on the waves as he does in the cockpit.
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Tommy Hilfiger ambassador Hamilton has long held an interest in fashion and is often seen sporting peculiar trends of his own around the grid. However, many fans will hope to see his attentions focused back on F1 ahead of 2023, which could be his final season in the sport.

The Briton’s Mercedes deal is set to expire at the end of next year, which will be his 11th with the Silver Arrows (17th overall). Hamilton signalled his intention to ink a new deal earlier in 2022, though nothing is for certain until he signs on the dotted line.

Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen may be F1’s best but the pair are not everyone’s favourite pairing.
Luis Enrique has become accustomed to making tough choices when it comes to selecting players for his star-studded World Cup squad in Qatar. But when it comes to picking his favourite Formula 1 drivers, the Spain head coach had no hesitation in snubbing Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen despite their undisputed pedigree as two of motorsport’s finest talents.

Hamilton and Verstappen have won nine Drivers’ Championship titles between them and the only other driver to win a title since 2014 is Nico Rosberg, who pipped Hamilton to the crown in 2016 before the Mercedes star sensationally retired from the sport.

But that still is not enough to convince Luis Enrique, a manager who tends to go against the grain in his judgements and decisions as evidenced by some surprise picks in his Spain squad. 

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on his daily World Cup vlog posted on streaming platform Twitch, the 52-year-old was asked for his two favourite drivers on the grid. And there were no surprises about the identity of the driver pairing that he chose given his international allegiance.

“Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, there is no doubt,” he said, giving his backing to his compatriots, before bizarrely answering questions on whether he would fight a bear.

Hearing Alonso’s name will not come as a surprise given that the pair have a lot in common, with their passion for football and cycling. Luis Enrique also recently joked that if he had the power to summon Alonso to his World Cup squad in Qatar, he would not hesitate in calling up the 41-year-old.

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Luis Enrique has become accustomed to making tough choices when it comes to selecting players for his star-studded World Cup squad in Qatar. But when it comes to picking his favourite Formula 1 drivers, the Spain head coach had no hesitation in snubbing Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen despite their undisputed pedigree as two of motorsport’s finest talents.
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But that still is not enough to convince Luis Enrique, a manager who tends to go against the grain in his judgements and decisions as evidenced by some surprise picks in his Spain squad. 

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on his daily World Cup vlog posted on streaming platform Twitch, the 52-year-old was asked for his two favourite drivers on the grid. And there were no surprises about the identity of the driver pairing that he chose given his international allegiance.

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“Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz, there is no doubt,” he said, giving his backing to his compatriots, before bizarrely answering questions on whether he would fight a bear.

Hearing Alonso’s name will not come as a surprise given that the pair have a lot in common, with their passion for football and cycling. Luis Enrique also recently joked that if he had the power to summon Alonso to his World Cup squad in Qatar, he would not hesitate in calling up the 41-year-old.
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“I would call Alonso whatever he wanted, I like him phenomenally despite the Oviedo-Gijon rivalry. He is a phenomenon, an ambassador of Asturias,” he said.

“He is a guy who I have had the opportunity to meet, and I like him wonderfully. He is a phenomenon. We are proud to have an Asturian of that level.”

While the Alpine driver is renowned as one of Spain’s most renowned drivers with two world titles won back in 2005 and 2006, Sainz has also emerged as a rising figure in recent years after ascending from Toro Rosso to McLaren and now Ferrari.

On a global level, however, their backing pales in comparison to the support Verstappen and Hamilton enjoy, with Verstappen’s orange army travelling around all 22 races last season, while Hamilton’s very own ‘Team LH44’ passionately defend and represent the Briton all over the world and on social media.

With that in mind, F1’s star duo probably would not mind missing out on the affection of Luis Enrique or other football stars if it means gaining new fans in their F1 sphere.

Helmut Marko believed Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton will claim victories next season, fearing that they could recover to challenge Red Bull.

Helmut Marko believes that Lewis Hamilton will return to the top step of the podium in 2023, following his first winless season.
Red Bull claimed their first championship ‘double’ since the 2013 season, ending Mercedes’ run of Constructors’ Championships in the process.

Ferrari’s battle against Red Bull fizzled out midway through the season, with Mercedes recovering from a poor start to challenge for P2 in the Constructors’ standings.

It led many to believe Mercedes could continue their recovery and stake a claim for the 2023 championships.

When asked by SportBild if he believed Mercedes or Ferrari would be the stronger opponents in 2023, Red Bull Motorsport Advisor Marko pointed towards the Silver Arrows, due to the presence of seven-time World Champion, Lewis Hamilton.

“Ferrari is strong, but Mercedes will be stronger in the overall package. Especially with a driver like Lewis Hamilton. He’s still a top driver,” commented Marko.

“True, Ferrari also has a very good driver in Leclerc, but he still makes mistakes.”

Marko: Wind tunnel time will help Mercedes

Despite the late charge from Mercedes, it wasn’t enough to prevent Hamilton from losing his record of winning a Grand Prix in every F1 season he’s participated in.

With Hamilton’s last victory coming in Saudi Arabia 2021, Marko was asked if he believed the Briton could remain winless in 2023:

“I’m afraid not. Mercedes has fought its way up to us over the year,” he responded.

“They’re not on a par with us yet, but they have more wind tunnel time to develop the car.

“I’m not too worried, though. We’re on a good track for 2023 and, with Max, we have the best driver in the field.”

Lewis Hamilton has said he will “adapt” to racing against Max Verstappen in future and, while he says “I’m sure we’ll grow” while in combat with each other, he is not expecting much to change.

After a year-long title battle in 2021 which saw multiple incidents between the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers, the pair had largely been away from each other on track in 2022 through Verstappen often being well out in front of the field in his RB18, while Hamilton struggled by comparison.

But the two did end up in wheel-to-wheel action at Interlagos at the penultimate round of the season in Sao Paulo, with Hamilton defending from the Red Bull driver at the Safety Car restart.

Max Verstappen threw his car to the outside of the first part of the Senna S, which subsequently gave him the inside line for Turn 2, but the two made contact at the apex as they jostled for position.

Both were able to race on, albeit Max Verstappen needing to pit for wing damage, and Hamilton recovering through the field to take second place behind team-mate George Russell – with the Dutchman given a five-second penalty by the stewards for being found to be predominantly at fault for the incident.

Hamilton gave a withering assessment in the aftermath of the crash, simply saying after the race: “What can I say? You know how it is with Max.”

The seven-time World Champion hopes to see things improve between them in the future, but is not quite convinced yet.

“Most likely,” Hamilton told Sky in Abu Dhabi when asked if he thinks his rivalry with Verstappen will have more flashpoints like that in future.

“I think I’ll adapt. You’ve seen in previous years that I try to avoid [contact] in scenarios.

“I’m sure we’ll grow, both sides will grow and improve hopefully so we don’t have experiences like we did in the last race [Sao Paulo], but I wouldn’t hold your breath.”

Former Formula 1 driver and current Sky Sports analyst Martin Brundle believes Verstappen has a “different set of limits” when racing Hamilton specifically, due to his status and long-standing success in the sport.

Hamilton himself also believes his place in the sport has put a target on his back over time, which is a part of drivers wanting to prove themselves against the most successful in Formula 1.

“I think yeah, you’re probably right,” Hamilton said in agreement with that sentiment.

“I remember when I first got to the sport and your target is the guy that has the most championships.

“It was Fernando [Alonso], then it was Kimi [Raikkonen], because Kimi was one of the best drivers here, and then it was Seb [Vettel] – so I think it’s natural.”

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Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen became embroiled in a tempestuous battle for the title in 2021, and clashed again on the track at November’s Brazil Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton has compared the recent spat between Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez to the family dramas in Keeping Up with the Kardashians.

In what proved a dominant campaign for Red Bull, Verstappen sealed the title in Japan with four Grand Prix races to spare, and finished 146 points of nearest rival Charles Leclerc. The team also took a first Constructors’ crown since 2013, as Perez finished third overall.

But the latter part of their season was overshadowed by disharmony between the two drivers, with Verstappen refusing to give up a place in Brazil to help his partner’s bid to finish second in the 2022 standings. A furious Perez said over team radio that the world champion “had showed who he really is,” but the Dutchman insisted he had his reasons.

Then came a subsequently-deleted social media post from Verstappen’s mother, Sophie Kumpen, which appeared to suggest Perez had been unfaithful to his wife. And in a sit-down interview with Channel 4, Hamilton had his say on the recent Red Bull saga.

“It feels like the Kardashian show, it’s pretty hilarious,” said Hamilton with a smile. “Some of the stuff I’ve heard in the past few days has been so entertaining. There was somebody’s mother posting something. It was pretty interesting stuff. I’m sure it’ll be in Netflix [Drive to Survive], it’s going to be great.”

That wan’t the only controversy to arise from Sao Paulo though, with Hamilton and Verstappen colliding on the track early on. It prompted memories of their epic 2021 title battle, where the pair clashed on numerous occasions before the Red Bull man took the crown in controversial fashion in Abu Dhabi.

It was a far cry from Verstappen’s racing with Leclerc this year, and Hamilton implied his past success in the sport fuelled a different approach towards him from rivals: “All you have to do is listen to the words certain individuals say about me, competitor-wise,” he said.

“And then look back at the way those individuals behave on track around me, It shows you it’s a little bit different to others. I can’t explain exactly why but part of it, I’m sure, is due to the time I’ve had here [in F1 ], the experience I’ve had, the success I’ve had.”

The seven-time world champion did concede that when he started out with McLaren in 2007, he too was keen to prove himself against the best: “I know because when I came into the sport, that target was on someone else who’d had success and my goal was to challenge them,” he continued. “You almost wanted to show how tough you were, show how good you are compared to that person.”

Lewis Hamilton has said he will “adapt” to racing against Max Verstappen in future and, while he says “I’m sure we’ll grow” while in combat with each other, he is not expecting much to change.

After a year-long title battle in 2021 which saw multiple incidents between the Mercedes and Red Bull drivers, the pair had largely been away from each other on track in 2022 through Verstappen often being well out in front of the field in his RB18, while Hamilton struggled by comparison.

But the two did end up in wheel-to-wheel action at Interlagos at the penultimate round of the season in Sao Paulo, with Hamilton defending from the Red Bull driver at the Safety Car restart.

Verstappen threw his car to the outside of the first part of the Senna S, which subsequently gave him the inside line for Turn 2, but the two made contact at the apex as they jostled for position.

Both were able to race on, albeit Verstappen needing to pit for wing damage, and Hamilton recovering through the field to take second place behind team-mate George Russell – with the Dutchman given a five-second penalty by the stewards for being found to be predominantly at fault for the incident.

Hamilton gave a withering assessment in the aftermath of the crash, simply saying after the race: “What can I say? You know how it is with Max.”

The seven-time World Champion hopes to see things improve between them in the future, but is not quite convinced yet.

“Most likely,” Hamilton told Sky in Abu Dhabi when asked if he thinks his rivalry with Verstappen will have more flashpoints like that in future.

“I think I’ll adapt. You’ve seen in previous years that I try to avoid [contact] in scenarios.

“I’m sure we’ll grow, both sides will grow and improve hopefully so we don’t have experiences like we did in the last race [Sao Paulo], but I wouldn’t hold your breath.”

Former Formula 1 driver and current Sky Sports analyst Martin Brundle believes Verstappen has a “different set of limits” when racing Hamilton specifically, due to his status and long-standing success in the sport.

Hamilton himself also believes his place in the sport has put a target on his back over time, which is a part of drivers wanting to prove themselves against the most successful in Formula 1.

“I think yeah, you’re probably right,” Hamilton said in agreement with that sentiment.

“I remember when I first got to the sport and your target is the guy that has the most championships.

“It was Fernando [Alonso], then it was Kimi [Raikkonen], because Kimi was one of the best drivers here, and then it was Seb [Vettel] – so I think it’s natural.”

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Lewis Hamilton failed to secure a win all season as Mercedes struggled to match the pace of Red Bull and Ferrari.
Lewis Hamilton has claimed suffering back pain at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix was his biggest memory from the 2022 F1 season. The seven-time champion selected an image of him grasping his lower back after the race as one of his only memories from a difficult campaign.

Lewis Hamilton struggled to get out of his car after the chequered flag in Baku because of Mercedes’ extreme porpoising. Moments after undoing his seat belts, Hamilton was seen grabbing his back before sitting down on his cockpit in visible pain.

Lewis Hamilton made the admission in a season review video for Mercedes’ YouTube channel where he and George Russell selected the best moments of the season. Reflecting on the incident, he said: “I don’t actually remember a lot of these photos. This one I remember. This one is the one I remember the most just because of the pain I was in.

“That weekend I went lower than (Russell) on the rear ride height. It was much worse on my car but painful for both of us.”

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Lewis Hamilton has opened up on his biggest memory of a difficult season (Image: Getty)

Russell backed up Hamilton, stressing he was also suffering from similar issues early on in 2022. He added: “The car was so difficult to drive, especially at the start of the year with the bouncing. It wasn’t where we wanted it to be.”

After the race, Hamilton admitted he was biting down on his teeth in agony and stressed he was “praying” for the race to finish. Mercedes had struggled with porpoising at other races in 2022 but the issue worsened for the team in Azerbaijan.

Lewis Hamilton explained: “I was just holding and biting down on my teeth due to the pain, and the adrenaline [helped], I cannot express the pain that you experience, particularly on the straight here. At the end you are just praying for it to end.”

The Briton later claimed he would have failed to meet the FIA’s 10-second extraction test due to the extreme pain. Mercedes boss Toto Wolff had raised fears that Hamilton could be out of action in Canada due to the scale of his injury.

Hamilton did compete in the next race weekend but his pain was used to push for major changes to the regulations. The FIA relented a week later, introducing a minimum ride height for all cars from the Belgian Grand Prix.

However, Red Bull boss Christian Horner hinted that Hamilton was putting it on to force rules changes. When asked what he would do if he was in Mercedes’ shoes, Horner replied: “Tell them to b**** as much as they could over the radio and make as big an issue out of it as they possibly could.”

Lewis Hamilton has come under fire for ‘reckless’ antics during the off-season in Japan.
Lewis Hamilton has come under fire after swapping his underperforming Formula One car for a Nissan Skyline supercar and letting off some steam on the streets of Japan. Hamilton visited Tokyo and enjoyed a late-night drive after his miserable Mercedes season ended in dismal fashion with a retirement at the season-ending Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. 

The seven-time F1 world champion endured an entire season without a race win for the first time in his 15-year career on the grid as Mercedes’ W13 failed to compete with the dominance of Red Bull. And Hamilton is relieved that a forgettable campaign is now over as he aims to renew his rivalry with the irrepressible two-time world champion Max Verstappen in 2023. 

And while Hamilton has often spoken about not enjoying driving day-to-day on the roads when he is not in a rapid F1 car, he appeared to meet his perfect match in a 1998 Nissan Skyline R34, which he enjoyed taking around Tokyo. 

“I only like to drive on track, but I make exceptions,” Hamilton said as he posted a video on Instagram sharing the fun he had inside the £155,000-valued vehicle. In an apparently empty car park, Hamilton pushed his Skyline car to the limits with all-wheel-drive donuts as smoke rose from the gear stick inside his car. 

Lewis Hamilton loved his new adrenaline rush in the absence of F1 with his rented vehicle as he was seen smiling throughout the video. And with a huge Instagram following of 30 million fans, the video has gained over 1.7m likes in under a week since it was posted. 

But not everyone seemed impressed with Hamilton’s antics, as he was criticised for speeding and doing doughnuts in the Nissan vehicle. Road users in Japan took aim at the Brit for ‘strictly prohibited’ speeds during his evening drive. 

Lewis “Surprised to see him acting so recklessly on public roads,” one fan said. “You are violating Japan’s road traffic law, and many Japanese are disappointed with you for doing this with borrowed items,” another claimed. One user on Twitter also described Hamilton’s actions as ‘socially irresponsible’. 

However, some fans saw the light-hearted side of Hamilton enjoying himself during his down time in F1’s off-season. “This is the content we’re here for!,” one fan insisted. “It’s amazing to see him having so much fun,” another claimed.

Hamilton has hit the headlines for his antics in vehicles away the F1 track before, having been banned from driving in France in 2007 after he was clocked by police racking up a speed of above 120mph. 

After tasting victory at the Brazilian Grand Prix in the penultimate race of the season, Mercedes principal Toto Wolff expects his drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell to be hungry for more next term.

Seven-time world champion Hamilton has become used to winning races having won at least one grand prix in each of his 15 seasons in F1 prior to this year. However, Mercedes found their car short of pace this season and Hamilton struggled to keep up with runaway world champion Max Verstappen.

But their horrid run came to an end when Russell won the Brazil GP leading a one-two for Mercedes. Wolff hopes the win reminded both drivers what victory feels like and has vowed ‘next year we are back’.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the Mercedes chief said he was proud at how the team turned their terrible season around. He said: “Not a blip for a race but a full season. You keep pushing so hard, the engine came along really well and I’m proud of what we achieved there.

“On the chassis side there were more bad moments than good ones but the good ones were spectacular like a week ago (Brazilian GP). It made us feel how good it can be and now we’re just pushing forward for next year. It’s raw, it’s bad and it’s okay to feel like this but next year we are back.

“Certainly, Brazil was spectacular, dominating from the beginning to the end with a 1-2. At least we ticked the box with the race win.”

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George Russell celebrated the first F1 race win of his career at the Brazilian Grand Prix ( Image: Getty Images)

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However, a week after celebrating success in Brazil the Mercedes team were sent a stark reminder of the work required to catch Red Bull and Verstappen. The Dutch world champion sauntered to his 15th win of the season while Hamilton abandoned with hydraulics issues and Russell finished fifth.

“That was really not good,” Wolff added. “All the mistakes you can make. A car that was not at the pace it should have been. Third-quickest today. One breaking down and one running out of tyres. A precise summary of the season.

“We cooked the tyres in the first few laps, we attacked strong, the team seemed to be really good but the front-right just gave up. Maybe that’s something we should have predicted.”