Christian Horner is adamant Lewis Hamilton will “change into an element” as this season progresses as he has not “forgotten find out how to drive”.
Whereas Pink Bull raced to a 1-2 outcome on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, Max Verstappen taking the victory forward of Sergio Perez, Hamilton failed to attain a single level as he was down in thirteenth place.
It was a wretched weekend for the seven-time World Champion who solely managed to scrape via into Q2 by 0.004s.
That was his tempo for the weekend, the Mercedes driver unable to get any pace out of his porpoising W13 in what Toto Wolff has known as a “low” for the automotive, not the driving force.
Horner agrees, adamant Hamilton can nonetheless race up there with the very best.
“He clearly had a horrible weekend however he’s nonetheless an eight-time World Champion… seven-time! I forgot Nico Rosberg received,” he mentioned as per GPFans.
“He hasn’t forgotten find out how to drive within the final 4 races so sooner or later they are going to type their points out and he’ll change into an element.”
Apart from ending thirteenth whereas his team-mate George Russell raced his technique to fourth place, maybe the bottom level of his weekend was that Hamilton was lapped by Verstappen.
Final season he was preventing the Pink Bull driver for grand prix wins and the World title, however at Imola his automotive was so woefully off the tempo that he noticed the blue flags to let the Dutchman go by.
Horner isn’t crowing about.
“I feel Lewis didn’t have an ideal weekend however we’re very a lot centered on our race and making an attempt to extract the utmost factors,” he mentioned.
“It was clearly a kind of issues.
“At that time, we have been trying on the clouds, was the rain going to come back within the final a part of the race or not, we have been extra centered on that.”
Neither was Verstappen, the 2021 World Champion making it clear that he doesn’t get any pleasure lapping his former title rival.
“I imply, they’ve been gradual all 12 months so it’s not likely a shock or I really feel comfortable lapping Lewis in comparison with anybody else.
“However it’s what it’s.”
As for Hamilton, he was additionally requested how he felt watching the Pink Bull driver go by.
“This exhibits how improper we’ve obtained it,” he merely mentioned.