Lewis Hamilton should have ‘quit’ to avoid Mercedes ‘disaster’ warns ex-British F1 star

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LEWIS HAMILTON has been unable to compete on the entrance of the sphere to date this season as Mercedes issues worsened on the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix in Imola.

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Lewis Hamilton ought to have stop F1 on the finish of final season and brought a ‘yr out’, based on former British F1 driver Tiff Needell. The previous Ensign star mentioned taking a sabbatical would have allowed the seven-time champion to see how aggressive Mercedes had been underneath a brand new guidelines package deal.

Needell warned it was all the time doable one of many huge groups would have a ‘design catastrophe’ and drop down the sphere. The Silver Arrows have dominated the game because the begin of the turbo-hybrid period in 2014.

Nonetheless, this season noticed a radical guidelines shake-up as new aero laws got here into impact in a bid to boost the racing. The brand new guidelines had been anticipated to launch in 2021 however had been pushed again because of the coronavirus pandemic which allowed some groups additional time to work on their vehicles.

The large winners have been groups which deserted their outdated vehicles to focus extra on their new initiatives as early as doable comparable to Ferrari and Haas.

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Lewis Hamilton should have 'quit' to avoid Mercedes 'disaster' warns ex-British F1 star

Lewis Hamilton ought to have ‘stop’ final season warns Tiff Needell (Picture: Getty)

Talking on his ‘Lovecars on the Grid’ podcast, Needell defined: “I truly mentioned with the brand new method coming, if I used to be Lewis, I would take a yr out to see how the Mercedes goes after which come again a yr later. There’s all the time the prospect that one of many huge groups would have a design catastrophe.

“Lewis ought to have stop, which might have been affect on the race that occurred on the finish of final yr… stayed out for a yr and he would have been sitting fairly. He bravely got here ahead and boy he have to be regretting doing one other season with that terrible automotive.”

Hamilton might solely end thirteenth in Imola after a poor qualifying noticed each vehicles knocked out in Q2. The seven-time champion was then unable to work his means by the sphere after being caught in a DRS prepare within the dash race and Grand Prix.

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Lewis Hamilton should have 'quit' to avoid Mercedes 'disaster' warns ex-British F1 star

Lewis Hamilton completed thirteenth in Imola (Picture: Getty)

Crew-mate George Russell had a wonderful begin and benefited from Charles Leclerc’s late spin to complete in P4. Nonetheless, Mercedes group principal Toto Wolff described the automotive as ‘undriveable’ after the race.

The group has continued to wrestle with its porpoising points and has not bought the facility benefit it loved in earlier seasons.

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