ABU DHABI — Lewis Hamilton lists his 2022 season as one of the worst three of his career but says he’s not overly concerned about missing out on a race win this year.
The seven-time champion recorded his worst position in the drivers’ standings after finishing sixth, 35 points behind teammate George Russell.
This year’s Mercedes car, which won the Brazilian Grand Prix in Russell’s hands, has struggled for performance since the season opener and only looked truly competitive in a few races.
The 2022 season also marked the first time in Hamilton’s 16-year career that he failed to win a Grand Prix.
Despite the statistics, Hamilton said the 2011 season, in which he broke up with his longtime girlfriend Nicole Scherzinger and fell out with his father Anthony, who had managed his career up to that point, was worse.
“I think 2011 was probably the hardest year of my life, just in terms of life,” he said. “This year is not the best, it is probably in the top three of the worst seasons, but it was a much stronger year in terms of me, in terms of how he worked with the team, how we all stayed. United. So I think there were a lot of positives.”
Asked if he was upset that he broke his record for winning races every season, Hamilton added: “Honestly, it would be nice to win, but one victory is really not enough, right?
“So I feel like this year when we got the top five, it was like winning. When we got the first fourth, it was like winning.
“When we first got on the podium, it was like winning, and those seconds felt like we really achieved something, so I’m just going to hold on to them.”