LEWIS HAMILTON has struggled to search out efficiency in his new Mercedes this season and was solely in a position to end thirteenth yesterday in Imola.
Mercedes: What’s gone flawed on the F1 and might they get well?
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Lewis Hamilton is ‘aggravated’ with Mercedes’ lack of tempo and may very well be ‘drained’ of the fixed grind of Formulation One, in line with Sky Sports activities pundit Ted Kravitz. He has questioned whether or not Hamilton nonetheless ‘wants’ F1 as he debated whether or not the seven-time champion may very well be on the verge of quitting the game.
Kravitz has queried whether or not Hamilton will likely be ‘ready to attend’ for Mercedes’ automotive to be aggressive once more as he drops additional into the midfield. Nonetheless, Kravitz provides Hamilton remains to be after ‘justice’ for shedding out on an eighth crown in Abu Dhabi and his willpower to not exit on a flop might maintain him competing.
Talking to Sky Sports activities F1, he mentioned: “The place does Lewis go from right here? Effectively, clearly he’s aggravated. Is he now eager about the longer term? Clearly he likes issues which might be going proper, he likes preventing, he likes being on the rostrum. He’s clearly nonetheless in search of the eighth world championship.
“Has he drained I consider the grind of Formulation 1? Positively by now. Does he want Formulation 1 now? That’s an open query. Does he need justice for Abu Dhabi? Sure, clearly he does.
“However is he ready to attend for it significantly whereas Mercedes type themselves out and the automotive will get again to the place it’s going to be. Clearly, he thought of retirement on the finish of 2021 after Abu Dhabi.
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Ted Kravitz has questioned whether or not Lewis Hamilton might stop F1 (Picture: Getty / Sky Sports activities F1)
“However I feel what he mentioned then nonetheless holds true in the present day that he would not need that to outline him. He would not desire a season of failure which most likely that is going to finish as much as be when it comes to the world championship.
“Hopefully for his sake, he’ll maintain that report of getting a win in each season he’s competed in Formulation 1. I do not suppose he’d prefer to lose that even with a not so nice automotive. He would not like this to be the final hurrah.”
Forward of the brand new season, Hamilton clarified he didn’t severely take into consideration quitting after shedding out to Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.
Nonetheless, Mercedes tensions appeared to spill over on Friday with Hamilton and crew boss Toto Wolff noticed in heated discussions.
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Lewis Hamilton might solely handle thirteenth in Imola (Picture: Getty)
Hamilton claimed the talk was simply ‘inner’ discussions earlier than additionally clarifying he nonetheless needed to stay at Mercedes to assist repair the problems.
He mentioned: “There may be nowhere else I need to be, simply because we’ve got hit a tough patch, it isn’t in my DNA to again out. We are able to repair this. It will be a painful 12 months that we’re going to should journey out collectively.
“We simply should work arduous to verify we aren’t on this place subsequent 12 months.”