Seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton is not having the best time in the 2022 F1 season as the Mercedes driver has only managed two podium finishes so far. It’s not just Hamilton who is struggling but his teammate George Russell is also not getting the desired results. The problem has been mainly with their vehicles following the new regulations and car designs implemented for the 2022 season.
Mercedes have dominated the top-drawer motorsport in the last decade but the Silver Arrows have battled against the phenomenon of porpoising which has gripped the sport in 2022. Both Russell and Hamilton have struggled to control their unnecessary bouncing cars which have also forced them to lag behind in the 2022 season with Ferrari and Red Bull taking a lead.
This control issue also affected the 37-year-old driver at the Canada GP. However, Hamilton redeemed himself to an extent with a podium finish. But that did not save him from banter with Max Verstappen. The Red Bull driver was visibly seen poking fun at Hamilton and Mercedes by making a gesture at the post-race press conference. Verstappen bounded up and down in his seat and pretended to hold a steering wheel while talking about the persistent issue with Mercedes this season.
It’s been such a difficult year for me personally: Hamilton
The British driver admitted that he is having a tough season but hoped for a better outing in his home race after a better show at Canada GP. “The women and men back at the factory are working so hard week in, week out and it’s so difficult for us all to be working and not always seeing progress,” Hamilton told Sky Sports F1 . “It’s been such a difficult year for me personally.
“Qualifying was emotional for me and back in the garage we were like: ‘Wow, this is beautiful for us’. Then to have a strong race just gives me so much hope and confidence going forward,” he added. Notably, Dutch driver Max Verstappen is leading the Drivers’ Championship after he clinched the Canadian GP. The Red Bull driver is 46 points ahead of Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez and 49 points ahead of Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc who was once leading the chart. After a top finish at the Canadian GP.