Lewis Hamilton admits the Las Vegas GP and Abu Dhabi GP weekends have been a ‘disaster’ 

Lewis Hamilton has failed to go past Q2 in both the Las Vegas GP and Abu Dhabi GP.


Lewis Hamilton admits the Las Vegas GP and Abu Dhabi GP weekends have been a ‘disaster’ 

Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff (Via IMAGO)

Lewis Hamilton has had a better season in 2023 than in 2022, where the Briton had the worst finish in a championship throughout his career, in only sixth place. Hamilton has earned multiple podiums in 2023, outsourcing his teammate and securing third place in the championship.

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However, the fight for second in the constructors’ Championship is still on and will be decided in the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton said the weekend and Las Vegas a week before have been “disasters” for the 7x World Champion, as he qualified only 11th for both races.

These last two races have been a disaster for me. Particularly in qualifying. I’ve had two 11th places, it’s very rare. But, it’s the last race so…

Hamilton has been suffering all year long from the inconsistency of the W14, which had sidepods introduced to it in Monaco earlier this year. Tire problems in Sao Paulo and other issues in Vegas have given Mercedes a large headache in the form of the Scuderia Ferrari behind them.

Lewis Hamilton and Christian Horner spat joined by Helmut Marko 

Ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, tensions rose between Mercedes and Red Bull, reminiscent of two years ago at the same race in 2021. The situation arose from Christian Horner’s comments that Lewis Hamilton had communicated with him about a possible seat with Red Bull.

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Helmut Marko
Helmut Marko (via IMAGO)

Hamilton completely denied this, saying he never made contact with Horner in the first place. Helmut Marko weighed in on the situation claiming the 7x World Champion did, in fact, message Red Bull, asking for a seat with the condition that he would be given the same material as Max Verstappen.

It seemed authorised by the driver, especially because there was talk of a condition that Hamilton set. He only wanted to drive for Red Bull if he got the same material as Max Verstappen.
Helmut Marko said, as reported by crash.net

Hamilton eventually did not proceed with any potential team switches, extending his contract with Mercedes instead, hoping for one more record-breaking title with the Brackley-based team. The Briton has not won a race since 2021 at Brazil but has been close to picking the winner’s trophy up multiple times. 

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