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Let’s rejoice that Hamilton is not finished with Formula 1 just yet

A handful of so-so qualifying sessions, some fine George Russell performances plus a little bad luck with safety cars, and suddenly some people felt that Lewis Hamilton was past it. Of course, every sportsperson will eventually fade as their powers wane, but recent evidence suggests Hamilton has not yet reached that stage.

In this week’s open and insightful interview (page 20), the seventime world champion talks about how he got over the disappointment of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his and the Mercedes team’s efforts to improve the diffi cult W13 this season, and how he sees the future. It’s clear from Matt Kew’s piece that, despite Hamilton’s 103 world championship race victories, the 37-year-old still loves his racing and is highly motivated to chase that eighth Formula 1 crown.

Neutral fans should rejoice. Hamilton was Max Verstappen’s main challenger at both the United States and Mexican GPs. Given Ferrari’s problems and the gap between the top teams and the rest, which Alex Kalinauckas explores on page 17, Hamilton and Mercedes still appear to be the combination most likely to stand up to the Red Bull/ Verstappen steamroller that is gathering momentum. Motorsport lost one of its key players of the past in Mauro Forghieri last week. The Italian formed strong partnerships with John Surtees and Niki Lauda, and his impact on Ferrari should not be underestimated. Adam Cooper looks back at a fine career in our tribute on p12.

Kevin Turner Chief Editor

NEXT WEEK 17 NOVEMBER F1 battles in Brazil Action from Interlagos, plus WRC in Japan and the WEC

title decider in Bahrain

COVER IMAGES Hone/Motorsport Images

PIT & PADDOCK 4 Merc: W13 caused development delay 6 Iron Lynx to run LMDh Lambos 8 BTCC tweaks hybrid boost rules 10 Formula 3 returns to Monaco 11 Sao Paulo Grand Prix preview 12 Obituary: Mauro Forghieri 17 Opinion: Alex Kalinauckas 18 Opinion: Matt Kew 19 Feedback: your letters

INSIGHT 20 Hamilton on his Formula 1 future 28 Should Chastain’s move be banned? 32 DTM review: Schubert BMW on top

RACE CENTRE 37 World of Sport: NASCAR Cup; Super GT; MotoGP

CLUB AUTOSPORT 46 British GT review: Loggie at last 50 GB3 review: Browning delivers 55 Classic Touring Car festival for Brands 56 New Ferrari series launched for 2023 58 O’Donovan wins British Rallycross title 61 Opinion: Stephen Lickorish 62 National reports: Silverstone; Brands Hatch

FINISHING STRAIGHT 68 What’s on this week 71 Introducing: Ty Gibbs 72 From the archive: 1984 Detroit GP 74 My favourite track: Sacha Fenestraz

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Hamilton opens up about recent challenges and his F1 future

10 NOVEMBER 2022

10 NOVEMBER 2022

On Abu Dhabi 2021 ‘It was spirit-breaking

On Abu Dhabi 2021 ‘It was spirit-breaking but I’ve moved on’

but I’ve moved on’

On the Mercedes W13 ‘The most unpredictable

On the Mercedes W13 ‘The most unpredictable car I’ve ever driven’

car I’ve ever driven’

On 2023 and beyond ‘I want to keep racing

On 2023 and beyond ‘I want to keep racing

– I love what I do’

– I love what I do’








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