Lewis Hamilton warns Max Verstappen about perils of being at the top in F1 – “I know how hard it is to stay there”

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has cast doubt on how Max Verstappen will be able to conduct himself in a ‘very lonely’ environment at the top in F1.

Hamilton personally endured his worst season yet, failing to win a single Grand Prix in 2022.

However, the 37-year-old feels motivated to continue his hunt for an elusive eighth world championship.

He has found value in his disappointing 2022 season and believes that it has helped him put things into perspective.

“It definitely doesn’t demotivate me! I’m sure I’ve had seasons without wins before – that must have been in karting in 2001. Quite a long time ago,” Hamilton said.

“Last season, of course, we wanted to fight for the world championship, but we had to acknowledge reality early in the season. Some results still felt like victories, even if they weren’t.

“We had so many successes before that it felt a little empty. We won, but we had expected it. 

“That’s weird because it’s actually such a great thing. It was therefore all the better to see how happy we were about the small stages. 

“We were fighting for fifth place and everyone was excited. Then it was about fourth place, and everyone was totally thrilled. It was a nice experience to be so happy about a fourth or fifth place. 

“Also the feeling of fighting your way forward, of having the first third or second place, to feel: We are almost there. That’s something we’ve all needed.”

Hamilton thankful for humbling 2022 experience

Lewis Hamilton and max Verstappen. Credit: crash.net
Lewis Hamilton and max Verstappen. Credit: crash.net

Hamilton now feels he has a new outlook towards racing after a year that taught him a lot of valuable lessons.

“Yes, I appreciate success even more now. After the race in Brazil, when George Russell won and I finished second, I was incredibly happy about this team performance.

“We got along better and better over the course of the season, the whole team worked together really well – even better than before. The year was definitely not a disappointment for me.”

Hamilton sent out a warning to Verstappen, claiming that he was keen to challenge the Dutchman for this year’s world championship.

“I know how hard it is to be at the top and stay there,” Hamilton said. 

“We want to get back to the top! What gives us great hope is the end of this season. The last few races have shown a clear positive trend and prove that we can achieve anything with perseverance.”

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