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Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton bullish on 2023 prospects – "We mean business!"

After an uncharacteristically difficult 2022 season, Lewis Hamilton says he is hungry to win again in 2023 with Mercedes' new W14 challenger.

Hamilton portrait 2023
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Lewis Hamilton says he is ready to win again in Formula 1 with Mercedes' 2023 car, the W14.

After almost unbroken success from 2014 to 2021, Mercedes slipped back in competitiveness in 2022 as the team initially struggled to interpret F1's new technical regulations effectively.

Seven-time World Champion Hamilton finished the year only sixth in the Drivers' Championship, and endured a winless season for the first time since his F1 debut in 2007.

However, speaking at the launch of the Mercedes W14, Hamilton said his focus and desire to win remained undimmed even as he heads into his 17th season in F1.

"I'm excited to go racing again. I feel calm, energised, and have my focus sharpened. I'm ready to do what's necessary to win," said Hamilton.

Hamilton hails 'inspiring' Mercedes efforts

Early renderings appear to show that the W14 retains the narrow sidepods of its 2022 predecessor, and also features new profiling around the engine cover.

The W14 also sees Mercedes readopt the all-black livery the team sported in 2020 and 2021 as an anti-racism message - though team boss Toto Wolff acknowledged that weight saving was a contributory factor.

Hamilton had been vocally supportive of the initial decision to race with a black livery, and expressed his approval of the W14's innovations and its paint job.

"I have been a part of this team for over a decade and the efforts of everyone never cease to amaze me," Hamilton said.

"I find it inspiring how diligently and passionately each person approaches their work."

"To see the evolution of the car and the changes that have been made is fascinating. We've redesigned, optimised, and innovated so many parts of the car and that is impressive. And I love the new livery! It says, 'we mean business'."

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