“We didn’t do a good job,” said Lewis Hamilton after the qualifying race at Imola in which he was unable to get into the top 10. The 37-year-old has announced that he will not be able to join the title fight with Mercedes.

Łukasz Kuczera

Lewis Hamilton

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Łukasz Kuczera from Imola

If Mercedes fans were hoping for an improvement in the shape of the Brackley team as Formula 1 moves to Europe, they were wrong. GP Emilia-Romagna is the worst weekend yet for Lewis Hamilton and George Russell in the 2022 season.

He has already started qualifying, with two Mercedes drivers out in the second quarter for the first time since 2012. However, George Russell declared that his team’s pace must be improved over the race distance. In addition, the young Briton was fastest in F1 training on Saturday ahead of the Emilia Romagna GP, which was cause for optimism.

However, the qualifying race dashed Mercedes’ hopes. Russell and Hamilton, who both hit 21 laps, were unable to break into the top ten. When the 37-year-old went to reporters after the competition, he didn’t bite his tongue. He openly declared that he would not be able to join the fight for the world title in the 2022 season.

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“Of course we are not fighting for the title this year,” Hamilton said when asked about his predictions by a Sky Sports reporter.

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– We have data from the car. A lot happens behind the scenes, but it is what it is. We haven’t done enough this year, although of course everyone in the factory is doing their best.”

Already on Friday, when qualifying for GP Emilia Romagna did not go as planned by Mercedes, there was a heated discussion between Lewis Hamilton and Toto Wolff in the garage. – These are the internal affairs of the team – the British said about a heated conversation with his boss.

However, on Saturday, Hamilton changed his tone a bit. The team has been through tough times in the past. Lots of people have been riding it 20 years ago, when it wasn’t called Mercedes yet. 2013, my first year in these colors, wasn’t great for me either. But then we had a great time – said the Mercedes driver.

We stick to each other now, trying to motivate everyone so that we don’t lose hope. We take it humbly, lower our heads, and keep working hard. Hamilton announced that we are not fighting for the championship this year, but we want to understand this car and make progress for the 2023 season.

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