The greatness of Lewis Hamilton is in doubt for the first time as the F1 legend seems to have hit a rare bad patch.
The Englishman ended 2022 in P6, the lowest of his entire career, and did so without registering a single win.
Critics have speculated that the great man has lost his mojo and has fallen behind the new generation of F1 superstars. Some say Hamilton is a relic of a bygone era and must bow out gracefully to avoid any further embarrassment or damage to his reputation.
Hamilton’s stellar image off the track has never been questioned, yet his actual racing career has never been so far in the doldrums. The rise of Max Verstappen and co. threaten to leave Hamilton’s achievements confined to the history books - a prospect that simply cannot happen.
The legend will enter his final year of his Mercedes contract next season, yet Hamilton remains defiant that he will not retire.
Not Done Yet
Speaking to the New York Times, he said:‘’It’s not forever, but something inside is telling me, ‘you’re not done yet. You’ve got to keep pushing. You’ve got more to do, more to achieve.’’
Never one to give up, he added: ‘’It’s going to be hard one day, stopping racing, I’ve done it for 30 years, and it’ll be 30-plus years when I do eventually stop. Luckily for me, right this second, it’s not now.’’
What will reassure the Mercedes driver the most is the fact that he’s got my full support and backing. Critics and fair-weather F1 fans may find pleasure in lambasting him online, but Hamilton will always have me on the other end of the phone should he wish to speak to me.
Mercedes Need A Better Car
Mercedes must get to work on building Hamilton a worthwhile car if he has any hopes of rectifying his dismal season. Let’s not forget that the driver is chasing a record eight World Championship and cementing himself even further in British sporting folklore. If we believe in him, then I’m sure Hamiton will deliver the goods for us.
I fully back Lewis Hamilton to right his wrongs and show the kids at the top of the F1 totem pole how it’s done. Charles Leclerc and Max Verstappen may be great at the moment, but I’ll bet a large part of my substantial fortune that they won’t be able to match the longevity of Britain's finest driver.
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