Lewis Hamilton (6/4 Drivers Championship 2022) says he is ready to be “attacking again” as he looks to regain the Formula 1 world title in 2022.
The Brit missed out on a record-breaking eighth crown in 2021 as Red Bull’s Max Verstappen (9/4 Drivers Championship 2022) pipped him at the final hurdle in Abu Dhabi.
Verstappen’s win was mired in controversy and it has since been judged that race director Michael Masi failed to correctly operate the safety car rules, a move that allowed the Dutchman to pass his rival on the one final lap of racing.
The result prompted suggestions that Hamilton may retire from the sport and the 37-year-old admitted on Friday that he “lost a little bit of faith in the system”.
However, he says he never had any plans to step away and has promised to come out fighting at the first race of the new season in Bahrain on March 20.
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The 2022 campaign marks a new era for Mercedes, with Hamilton joined at the Silver Arrows by George Russell (5/1 Drivers Championship 2022) after five years of working alongside Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton was speaking at the launch of his team’s new W13 and with them having to work under the new FIA guidelines, Team Principal Toto Wolff is confident they have a “competitive” car (Mercedes 8/15 Constructors Championship 2022).
After taking time to reflect on last year, the seven-time world champion is looking for more than that in 2022, with his target to take control of the Drivers’ Championship at the first possible opportunity.
“I never said I was going to stop,” he said. “But it was a difficult time for me and I really needed to step back.
“It was a time where I really needed to step back, focus on being present. I had my family all around me creating great moments.
“Eventually I got to a point where I decided I was going to be attacking again coming into another season.”
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