March 3rd 2023.
Jenson Button has suggested that Sir Lewis Hamilton will be back to his prime in 2023 as he seeks to secure a record-breaking eighth Formula One world championship. Last year proved to be the worst of Hamilton's career, as he finished sixth in the standings and for the first time ended a season without a victory. This could have been in part due to the difficult Mercedes W13 car, as well as the controversial incident at Abu Dhabi 2021 where he lost the title to Max Verstappen. With Hamilton now 38, some have questioned if he still has the capabilities to earn another title and make him the most successful F1 driver of all time. Button, who raced alongside Hamilton at McLaren from 2010 to 2012, is confident that Hamilton can reach the top again. (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
He stated that Lewis is very good at bouncing back, and that he was performing well towards the end of last season. The Mercedes W14 appears to be faster than last year's car, but still slower than Red Bull. Button also revealed that he was the first teammate to beat Hamilton, doing so at McLaren in 2011.
Is it possible for Lewis Hamilton to gain his eighth F1 title in 2023? Jenson Button believes that Sir Lewis Hamilton will be back to his peak form the following year, aiming to secure a record eighth Formula One championship. 2022 was a struggle for Hamilton, ending the season with no wins and placed sixth in standings - something that had never happened to him before. As he approaches 38 years of age, questions have been raised as to if he still has the ambition and capacity to capture another title, making him the most successful F1 driver of all time. Button, who drove alongside him at McLaren from 2010 - 2012, is confident that Hamilton can return to the top. He told Metro Sport: 'Lewis is very good at bouncing back. If you beat him in a race one weekend, the next weekend he’ll come out stronger so I don’t have any fears that Lewis won’t bounce back.' (Image Source: https://metro.co.uk)
He added that he expects Hamilton to make a strong start as the Mercedes W14 appears to be faster than the W13 of last year, but still lagging behind Red Bull. Button himself accomplished something that no one had before him: beating Hamilton as his teammate, finishing 43 points ahead of him in 2011, a feat that only Nico Rosberg in 2016 and George Russell last year have since achieved.
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