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Hamilton ends disappointing year with failure in Abu Dhabi: “I’m glad it’s over”

Ian Parkes & Jan Bolscher

Sunday, November 20, 2022 6:29 PM – Last update: 7:27 PM

Lewis Hamilton is happy that the 2022 Formula 1 season is over. The seven-time world champion ended a disappointing year with a retirement at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver retired from fourth place in the closing stages of the race at the Yas Marina Circuit due to suspected hydraulic problems, which has left him outside the top five in the drivers’ world championship. Hamilton has thus finished behind his teammate for only the third time in his long career. A very impressive statistic has also passed away: Hamilton has completed a season without a single win this year for the first time since his debut in 2007.

Disappointing year

“I believed until the last race that we might have a chance,” said the 37-year-old Briton after the race. “It’s important to keep hoping and keep working. I gave everything and in the end… The last race summed up the whole season. I’m glad it’s over.” Hamilton eventually collected 240 points this season, a big difference with, for example, Max Verstappen’s 454 points.

Stick to highlights

Despite a disappointing year in which he battled midfield teams more often than Red Bull Racing and Ferrari, Hamilton believes there were positives to be drawn from the year as well: “It would have been nice to have a win , but one win isn’t enough, is it? When we got fifth for the first time this year it felt like a win. When we got fourth for the first time it felt like a win. When we got on the podium for the first time it felt like that as a win and second places felt like we had really achieved something, so I’m sticking to that.”

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