Lewis Hamilton admits W14 ‘is the hardest car’ he has ever driven

Lewis Hamilton could have had a better outing during yesterday's Singapore GP qualifying session.


Lewis Hamilton admits W14 ‘is the hardest car’ he has ever driven

Lewis Hamilton. (Credits: Imago)

Lewis Hamilton has been fighting during the 2023 season to get to grips with the unpredictable W14 livery properly. The Mercedes car has proved to be quite a handful, and ahead of the upcoming Singapore Grand Prix, he has admitted that this year’s machinery is the hardest car he has ever driven.

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Lewis Hamilton has been sparkling his magic around F1 circuits for a long time and has driven several cars. The turbo hybrid era belonged completely to him, and while Mercedes has fallen backward under the new regulations, Hamilton has deemed this year’s car the toughest of his career.

While talking about the same with the media after the qualifying session of the Singapore GP, he said, as reported by racingnews365, “It’s the hardest car I’ve ever driven to get right. Moreover, while talking about the rest of the remaining campaign, he further added, “At this point of the season, in terms of how deep you’re digging, I think you’re always digging as far as you can without depleting yourself naturally.”

From one end, the team is giving absolutely everything, time away from their families, time that these guys are working seven days a week, these guys are flat out. I’m trying to make sure that I’m matching their excellence but also just being mindful of in the past, it was more about the destination rather than the journey.”

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Lewis Hamilton is starting the Singapore GP from P5

While Lewis Hamilton has applauded his Mercedes crew for working flat out in their pursuit of the best package, their relentless efforts have paid well during the ongoing Singapore GP weekend. The W14 has worked extremely well at the Marina Bay Circuit, and Hamilton is starting the race from the third row on the grid.

Toto Wolff and Mercedes crew working on Lewis Hamilton's W14
Toto Wolff and Mercedes crew working on Lewis Hamilton’s W14 (Credits: IMAGO)

Moreover, while the 38-year-old has a good starting position, his teammate, George Russell, is set to start his exploits from the front row alongside Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz. Hamilton has, ahead of the race, admitted that he would be pushing his teammate to go for the win during the 62-lap race.

When it comes to Lewis Hamilton himself, he would eye a podium finish at the least. The W14 has got the race pace to help him overtake the cars ahead of him, and considering this, the 2023 Singapore GP will be a must-see event for the die-hard fans of the former 7-time F1 world champion.

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