At the age of 37, Lewis Hamilton is preparing to take on yet another new challenge in a legendary career . After the atrocious disappointment at the final of the last championship, in which the World Championship faded on the last lap of the Abu Dhabi GP, the Black King is back on the hunt for the eighth title that would lead him alone to the top of the championship standings. most successful drivers ever in Formula One (leading Michael Schumacher by one length).
The Briton born in 1985 has already experienced two regulatory revolutions in the past (in 2009 and 2014), as a result he can count on more experience in this regard towards almost all of his competitors on the grid. The ground-effect cars are completely different than last season’s, but Hamilton has already shown during testing that he can adapt quickly to a new driving style .
The Stevenage native managed to recharge his batteries during the winter break, presenting himself at the start of the 2022 World Cup with renewed ambitions and with great motivation to try to prove his worth even in a new context. The main unknown factor for his chances of the world championship is certainly linked to the W13 , which to date is cataloged by many insiders (and by the Mercedes men themselves) as the third force on the field behind Red Bull and Ferrari based on the performance of the testing in Bahrain.
However, the first verdicts will arrive on Saturday 19 March at the end of Sakhir qualifying, in which all the teams will finally reveal their cards, releasing all the speed potential of the cars. Lewis said he currently does not have a car capable of winning Grand Prix, but history teaches us to take the statements made to the press after the pre-season tests with a grain of salt. In any case, the championship will be very long and the teams will have the opportunity to earn tenths of tenths over the course of the season thanks to the development of these new generation cars.
From a personal point of view, however , the real big challenge for Lewis Hamilton in 2022 is represented by the direct confrontation of the same car with the young compatriot George Russell . Considered one of the most exciting emerging talents of recent years, the former Williams driver has taken over from Valtteri Bottas in Mercedes as a teammate of the seven-time world champion. The Hamilton-Russell head-to-head is in fact one of the most intriguing themes of the next World Championship, because it recalls the legendary Alonso-Hamilton duel in McLaren in 2007.