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Hamilton interview: How Mercedes lost and found its Northern Star in 2023

Lewis Hamilton endured a second consecutive winless Formula 1 season in 2023. With the campaign now over, the seven-time champion talks about his frustrations with the W14, Mike Elliott's departure from the team, the pressure Toto Wolff is under, and much more

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If it was remarkable that Lewis Hamilton had a first winless season in Formula 1 in 2022, it was perhaps unthinkable that his victory drought would extend for at least another 12 months. A combination of Red Bull producing the utterly dominant RB19, allied to Mercedes stumbling at the first hurdle with the design of its W14, left Hamilton treading water in 2023 as Max Verstappen roared to his third straight drivers’ crown.

From the outside Hamilton’s 2023 campaign appears to be little better than the previous year, but the dynamics within his Mercedes team have been different. Some of this has been a positive – in Mercedes wasting no time in committing to a new car concept and unlocking potential from that, rather than flogging a dead horse and sticking with a design that was clearly going nowhere.

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