Lewis Hamilton, who has his sights set on an unprecedented eighth world title, has had a pretty hot start to 2022 after finishing 10th at last weekend’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix
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Mercedes boss Toto Wolff gave an “extremely painful” rating Lewis Hamilton Here we go formula 1 Season. Hamilton and his team have struggled to adapt to the new FIA car regulations and it was plain to see when the Englishman could only finish 10th at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix On Sunday.
Hamilton started the campaign with a podium finish when he finished third at the season opener in Bahrain. However, it’s more than fair to say that was a stroke of luck after Red Bull’s Sergio Perez spun in the first corner of the final lap to hand the seven-time world champion third place.
Mercedes – led by Hamilton – have dominated the sport of late, winning the last eight Constructors’ Championships. However, looking at the early stages of 2022, the two teams to catch appear to be Red Bull and Ferrari.
Wolff spoke about the start of the season for his team and Hamilton Sky Sports : “We were in the middle of these fun games at the top for eight years. It’s extremely painful not to be there because you’re down a lot. It’s not fun at all.”
More worryingly, however, the Silver Arrows boss appears unsure why his team’s performances are so far behind Red Bull and Ferrari, acknowledging there are “deficits” everywhere.
He added: “We’re not driving the car where we want it to be, so it’s very difficult to really assess the lap deficit when we’re able to drive the car lower. I would really hope that the gap is a lot closer to what we’ve seen, but there are deficits everywhere.”
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Wolff also spoke about how the FIA’s new regulations appear to have worked from her own perspective, with the first two races proving to be “spectacular” with plenty of overtaking. However, the Austrian believes winning F1 was Mercedes’ downfall.
He commented: “They achieved what they set out to achieve. Spectacular races, good overtaking manoeuvres, the grid got messed up – which is less fun for us – but it happens.
“The midfield is extremely close together, so overall I’m happy about the hype surrounding Formula 1 in terms of entertainment. I think they’ve achieved their goal then.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/formula-1/toto-wolff-lewis-hamilton-mercedes-26585369 Toto Wolff gives an ominous assessment of Lewis Hamilton's 'extremely painful' start to the season