Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have a mountain to climb. Image: @fiagirly/X

Mercedes and Hamilton to climb ‘Mount Everest’ to catch Red Bull?

Lewis Hamilton finished in 3rd in the drivers’ standing, with only six podiums in 2023 in a consistently inconsistent car.


Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have a mountain to climb. Image: @fiagirly/X

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton ave a lot to do if they are to catch Red Bull Racing in 2024.

The Brackley based team fail to win a race last season and had to watch in agony and Max Verstappen won 19 of the 22 races.

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For the second consecutive season Lewis Hamilton failed to register a Grand Prix victory to his name, having done so in every F1 season prior to that after entering the sport in 2007.

The Brit registered only six podiums in 2023 in a car that was consistently inconsistent.

Merc hoping for a good car to challenge Red Bull

His teammate George Russell had a season he dubbed “strange” with a string of “missed opportunities”.

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Russell, who won Mercedes’ last race back in 2022, only made the podium twice this season – a pair of third-place finishes in Spain and Abu Dhabi – but of course crashed out at the final moments in Singapore, which could have scored him another third place result.

Lewis Hamilton 11-11 George Russell

Neck-and-neck in the qualifying head-to-head, it has been hard to fault the Mercedes drivers despite the difficulties the W14 has presented. There were also some noteworthy efforts, including P2 and P3 slots on the grid (for Russell and Hamilton respectively) in both Australia and Qatar – although those Qatar hopes were dashed as the pair collided at the first corner in the race, knocking Hamilton out.

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The honour of the highest qualifying result does, however, go to the 38-year-old, who magically took pole for the Hungarian Grand Prix. His reaction over the radio let every fan know just how much that meant.