Hamilton Eagerly Awaits New Season Amid ‘Painful’ Races.

The Silver Arrows faced a challenging weekend at Monza, the W14 was the third-fastest car on the track hampering their chances of being competitive against the mighty Red Bulls.

Hamilton has encountered recent hardships, particularly in qualifying sessions, which have posed challenges for the seven-time champion.

Lewis Hamilton struggled, finishing sixth place, highlighting a noticeable deficit in top speed in the recent Italian Grand Prix.

The Mercedes Star found himself starting from the 13th position at Zandvoort and the eighth position at Monza, further adding to the difficulties he’s faced.

On both occasions, he has advanced through the field and secured vital points for the Brackley-based team.

“Races are pretty straightforward for me,” said the seven-time world champion. “I’ve just got to do better in qualifying, so it’s not such a difficult day.

“And just living with the car that we have at the moment. Today is the third fastest car, and it’s obviously painful for all of us. We wish we were quicker. But we’re just counting down the days until February.”

Hamilton opted for a unique tire strategy, choosing the offset starting tire(hard compound), among a few drivers who decided to start with the hard compound tires.

Following an unexpectedly early pit stop for medium tires on lap 27, he expressed his uncertainty about the decision.

“Now we’re screwed, I don’t know how these tyres are going to last,” said Hamilton on the team radio.

He had initially anticipated staying out for an additional eight laps before a switch to the medium tire compound.

Hamilton when quizzed about his frustrations over the team radio stated: “I definitely wasn’t upset,” he said when asked about the radio messages. “I was just supposed to go to lap 35, and the pace didn’t feel that great at that point. But they stopped me.

“The lap I pitted they said that I was going to target, and then all of a sudden they boxed me. So I was a little bit confused with that, that’s all. And then I was definitely concerned that I might not make it to the end.

“The gap was large between myself and the McLarens, I dropped back behind an Aston. So I didn’t, at that point, realise what my trajectory might be. But I took care of the tyres, closed the gap, and had that good battle.”