Mercedes-AMG team drivers Lewis Hamilton and George Russell have completed their first kilometers of the season in a Pirelli testing at Paul Ricard along with other teams such as the Alpha Tauri.
Russell, who won the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2022, drove the W13 on Wednesday, and Hamilton jumped onto his car on Thursday.
The toughest season
In an interview with Petronas, Hamilton admitted that he struggled with his car last season but made clear that his issues helped him improve.
“It was more complicated than we expected, but I’m grateful for it because it has made me grow internally more than any other season,” he acknowledged.
“For the team, in terms of the last ten years, it has been the toughest year but also the one that has strengthened us the most.
“There have been a lot of things we’ve had to fight against, but I’m thankful we’ve done it. This experience has been good for everyone.”
Hamilton added that he was always confident that Mercedes could turn the situation around.
“I always knew we could do it,” he noted.
“I never doubted that we would be there in the end, but there has been a lot of trial and error during the year.
“At times, the improvements didn’t work but we’ve learned and grown. We’ve failed, we’ve let go of egos and strengthened our communication and relationships.”
Ambitious for 2023
The Formula 1 legend went on to express his optimism ahead of the 2023 season, one which is scheduled to start in March.
“I’m excited ahead of 2023, we have another chance to fight for a world title,” Hamilton said.
“It’s a year to be better, to move forward, to keep fighting and to unite even more.
“Getting that was a big boost for everyone. I don’t think I could put into words everything it meant to the factory, and to me for being part of it. We have seen that we are able to get back to our winning times, and that makes me even hungrier.”
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