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Hamilton answers whether the W13 is the worst F1 car he's ever driven

After finishing a lowly 13th in Sunday's Emilia Romagna Grand Prix and having already conceded defeat in the 2022 title race, Lewis Hamilton is at an uncharacteristically low ebb in his illustrious career.

Despite only finishing 13th in a difficult Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton says his Mercedes W13 is not the worst car he has ever driven. After narrowly losing the 2021 Drivers' Championship in contentious circumstances, Hamilton came into 2022 with aspirations of winning a record eighth title, but has had to recalibrate his expectations for the year after a difficult start to the season. This year's Mercedes struggles noticeably with porpoising, and Sunday's race at Imola was a particularly low point for Hamilton, who was lapped by winner and erstwhile title rival Max Verstappen. But while the Silver Arrows' W13 is proving a tricky beast to tame, Hamilton says the McLaren MP4-24 he drove in 2009 began that season in even worse shape. "There are people that watch and say that I've never had a bad car," Hamilton said after finishing 14th in the Imola Sprint event on Saturday. "And I can assure you I have. The 2009 car was very, very far off, and was the worst car that I've had."

Hamilton expects Mercedes to bounce back

In F1's final year in which only the top eight finishers scoredpoints, Hamilton endured a five-race pointless stretch, and was lying 11thin the Drivers' Championship by the season's halfway point. However, McLaren found their form in the second half of 2009, allowing Hamilton to take two wins and climb to fifth in the finalstandings, and the Briton is tipping his Mercedes team to bounce back in asimilar manner this year. "This [W13] currently is not far off that experience, but Ithink has a lot of potential, as did that car," he added. "We fixed [the MP4-24] eventually and got back in the fight, andI have the utmost faith that my team can do that here too."

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