Former tennis icon Maria Sharapova recently reflected on the demanding schedule of Formula 1 drivers, particularly highlighting the rigorous commitments faced by British racing legend Lewis Hamilton. Despite a challenging F1 season, where Hamilton has been tirelessly working to elevate his performance, Sharapova commended the seven-time champion for gracefully managing a schedule filled with numerous responsibilities.
“At Formula 1, I mean, what Lewis is doing ahead of a race. I actually was in Miami and I saw some of his sponsor responsibilities and I just couldn’t believe the amount of events and interviews. And then how do you wake up and want to do your job? Beat someone when so much of your energy is drained?”
Furthermore, Sharapova emphasized the exceptional nature of individual stars who consistently triumph, acknowledging the additional responsibilities they shoulder. She noted how Hamilton, along with other F1 drivers, has to deliver top-notch performances in every race while managing high workloads and commitments beyond the racetrack.
“I think it just shows you when there is that individual and that star that wins over and over, how special it is because of everything else that they’ve also had to be responsible for.”
Hamilton’s Winless Streak and Mercedes’ Developments
Despite widespread acclaim, Lewis Hamilton has experienced a winless streak for the past two seasons, unable to hear the British national anthem in celebration. Mercedes, however, remains steadfast in their commitment to the development of the W15, aiming to secure a Grand Prix victory in the upcoming season.
The 2023 season marked a departure from tradition, as Formula 1 did not play the British National Anthem ‘God Save the Queen or King’ throughout the entire season. Mercedes, despite finishing in a commendable P2 in the constructor’s championship, faced fierce competition from Ferrari in the closing battles of the season.
Notably, Mercedes exhibited significant improvements in pace throughout the season, delivering promising results in the concluding races. However, the ultimate race at Abu Dhabi saw the team fall short of their best performance, ultimately concluding the season with a second-place finish in the constructor’s championship.