Hakkinen: ‘Sulky’ Hamilton will be thinking about switching teams

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Two-time System 1 World Champion Mika Hakkinen believes Lewis Hamilton will already be fascinated with making an attempt to line up a swap of groups, following Mercedes' poor begin to 2022.

					Hakkinen: 'Sulky' Hamilton will be thinking about switching teams


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Mika Hakkinen reckons Lewis Hamilton is in a “powerful spot” to attempt to declare a record-breaking eighth Drivers’ title, as a consequence of Mercedes falling away from the very entrance of the System 1 discipline.

The 2-time F1 World Champion additionally believes the arrival of George Russell will solely be including to Hamilton’s present stress ranges, and that Hamilton is probably going very aggravated by the present scenario.

Whereas Mercedes are at present second within the Constructors’ Championship, the W13 just isn’t but on the stage of Ferrari’s F1-75 or Crimson Bull RB18.

With a decent funds cap limiting a staff’s capability to spend their method out of bother, Mercedes face a troublesome problem to claw again the hole to the entrance.

All of those components imply an sad Hamilton, based on Hakkinen.

Russell placing Hamilton in a "powerful spot"

Hakkinen thinks the arrival of Russell, the 2018 System 2 champion, has led to a really totally different feeling at Mercedes in comparison with the dynamic established by Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas.

“It is a powerful spot for Lewis, it is apparent,” Hakkinen mentioned in a particular video for Unibet.

“Russell did not come there to be the quantity two or to lose.
He is there to provide his greatest and [is] working to grow to be World Champion one
day. He is not bowing right down to a seven-time World Champion.

“The final race in Australia was a troublesome spot for Lewis, actually powerful.
The staff naturally needs the drivers to complete the race. They acquired the
consequence – not the consequence they hope for, however nonetheless good factors for the

“However I am certain Lewis continues to be aggravated by the scenario. It is onerous to
be overwhelmed by George. I am afraid this will probably be a extremely troublesome season
for Lewis.”

Hakkinen identified that Mercedes’ present travails will not be as disheartening for the brand new arrival as they’d be for Hamilton.

“It is already troublesome for Mercedes, however particularly for Lewis,” the Finn mentioned.

“George comes from a staff with little to no success – he had some good
qualifying outcomes however not within the races. All these achievements with Mercedes are new to him, every little thing feels tremendous good.

“For Lewis, it is a catastrophe. And, with George being forward, it is even worse.”

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Because of the present scenario, Hakkinen mentioned it is unlikely Mercedes are getting a very completely happy Hamilton within the present staff debriefs.

“I’m wondering how Lewis behaves within the staff conferences,” Hakkinen contemplated.

“I guess he is sulking – I can think about it! A number of complaining and whining.”

With Mercedes unlikely to have the ability to flip issues round in time to launch a World Championship bid, Hakkinen reckons Hamilton might already be contemplating departing the staff when his contract expires on the finish of 2023.

“This begins the pure thought means of drivers, ‘Ought to I am going some place else?’,” Hakkinen mentioned.

“It is a truth. He is been at Mercedes for years and gained a number of championships.

“Now that issues are usually not going properly, he’ll begin pondering of switching groups.”

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					Hakkinen: 'Sulky' Hamilton will be thinking about switching teams

					Hakkinen: 'Sulky' Hamilton will be thinking about switching teams


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