Mercedes have been struggling to compete with their rivals for pace this season and ‘disgruntled’ seven-time world champion Hamilton has been advised to look elsewhere for a move
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Hamilton and George Russell had a solid start to the campaign with some good results. Both drivers were already on the podium, which is more than they probably expected given the problems with their cars.
While reliability issues plague theirs red bull Competitors, Mercedes’ problem is simply speed. They’ve spent so many years as a team with the fastest cars on the grid, but the W13 was far from it.
Instead of this, Ferrari are the ones who set the early pace in the formula 1 title race. Red Bull are a long way behind too but that’s due to engine and fuel issues which have already forced three retirements – pace is no problem for them Max Verstappen and Sergio PerezHowever.
With the new budget cap preventing Mercedes from simply throwing money into engineering projects to fix the problem quickly, the team’s fight to get closer to the top is an uphill one. From the retired racer’s perspective Mika Hakkinenthis could encourage Hamilton to look elsewhere as he enters the twilight of his career.
“The last race in Australia was a tough time for Lewis, really tough,” the two-time world champion told Unibet. “Of course the team wants the drivers to finish the race. They got the result – not the result they hope for, but still good points for the team. But I’m sure Lewis is still annoyed by the situation.
“It’s tough to be beaten by George. I’m afraid this is going to be a really difficult season for Lewis. George comes from a team with little to no success – he’s had some good qualifying results but not in the races “All this success with Mercedes is new for him, everything feels super good. For Lewis it’s a disaster and with George at the helm it’s even worse.”
The flying Finn went on to suggest that the combination of the car’s poor performance and the humiliation of being beaten by Russell might be enough to push Hamilton to break new ground. He added: “I wonder how Lewis is doing in the team meetings. I bet he’s sulking – I can imagine! Lots of whining and whining.
“It kicks off the driver’s natural thought process: ‘Should I go somewhere else?’. That’s a fact. He has been with Mercedes for years and has won several championships. Now that things aren’t going so well, he’ll start thinking about a team change.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/lewis-hamilton-mercedes-mika-hakkinen-26727831 The 'sulky' Lewis Hamilton will 'consider a team change', the ex-F1 champion claims