WATCH: McLaren’s Indycar Champion Pato O’ward takes Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 F1 title-winning car for a spin at the Sonoma Raceway
Lewis Hamilton won his first F1 world championship with the McLaren Formula 1 team.
Pato O'ward (Credits: X/Breakhard(screenshot)
Lewis Hamilton, the 7-time F1 world champion, has had a glorious career at the pinnacle of motor racing. While he is still pushing for his elusive eighth world title, McLaren’s Pato O’Ward recently had the honor of taking the Brit’s 2008 F1 title-winning car for a spin at the famous Sonoma raceway.
Lewis Hamilton is undoubtedly one of the best drivers ever graced F1 with his mesmerizing presence. He made his debut in the sport in 2007, and from the beginning, it was evident that he was a rare talent. In 2008, he won the world title with McLaren, and that to date is edged in the hearts of his fans for several reasons.
While the 38-year-old has been racing for the Mercedes Formula 1 team for several years, he’s played a decent part in McLaren’s history. Hamilton drove for the woking-based team from 2007-2012 and, after that, decided to move to Mercedes, which was seen as a major shock back then.
Best part of Pato O’Ward wheeling Lewis Hamilton’s 2008 McLaren MP4-23 around Sonoma is the entire crew leaning against the wall to see/hear this car go past pic.twitter.com/pjUaLgNdE6— BrakeHard (@BrakeHardBlog) November 12, 2023
From the above-mentioned videos, Hamiltons’s 2008 MP4-23 can be seen in all its glory, sparkling its magic around the Sonoma raceway. Moreover, it can also be seen how excited the race engineers are seeing the car once again zoom around a racing track. McLaren’s MP4-23 is the team’s finest work in its history.
Lewis Hamilton is desperate to win his 8th F1 world championship
While Lewis Hamilton won his first world championship in 2008 with the McLaren F1 team, he has not been able to have a go at the title since the end of the 2021 season. Mercedes has not been able to produce a potent car under the new regulations, and Hamilton is getting increasingly desperate with each passing season.
Moreover, for a driver of Hamilton’s caliber, it just does not seem right to see him fighting in the midfield of the pinnacle of motor racing. He has been pushing himself for a long time, and one of the main reasons behind him still carrying on in F1 is to win his record-breaking eighth world championship.
He is currently tied on seven with Ferrari legend Michael Schumacher. Next year, Lewis Hamilton will be 39, and with each passing season, his chances of fighting for the title again is only going to diminish. He is currently in the twilight stage of his career, and after 2025, there are no guarantees of he continuing in the sport.
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