LEWIS HAMILTON has endured a nightmare begin to the brand new Method One season.
Hamilton 'excited and nervous' for first ever F1 race in Miami
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Lewis Hamilton has rubbished the concept that he has by no means pushed a sluggish automotive in Method One by insisting that the McLaren MP4-24 he raced in 2009 was significantly much less beneficial than Mercedes’ present providing. The 37-year-old has endured a horrendous begin to the brand new marketing campaign and has been compelled to play second fiddle to George Russell at virtually each Grand Prix since his opening-day podium in Bahrain.
Hamilton at present finds himself three locations and 21 factors adrift of his Mercedes team-mate within the Drivers’ Championship standings and now seems to be to have virtually no probability of securing a record-breaking eighth title on the finish of the season. It has not too long ago been advised by quite a lot of pundits, together with the likes of ex-F1 driver Marc Surer, that Hamilton could also be struggling compared to Russell as a result of he has all the time been given a race-winning automotive all through the whole lot of his spell on the grid.
“He’s spoiled,” Surer advised Formel1.de final month when quizzed on Hamilton’s poor begin to the season. “[Russell has previously been forced to] beat the Williams across the observe, which was not good in any respect, and has typically completed miracles with it. Russell is used to driving quick with a nasty automotive, Lewis is now not used to that.”
Hamilton has since moved to dismiss Surer’s claims by mentioning that he was compelled to deal with a vastly troublesome automotive in his first season as a defending champion again in 2009.
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Lewis Hamilton has endured a nightmare begin to the brand new F1 season (Picture: GETTY)
“There are those that watch and say I’ve by no means had a nasty automotive, and I can guarantee you that I’ve,” he advised The Race. “2009’s automotive was very, very far off, the worst automotive that I’ve had. This automotive at present just isn’t far off that have.”
Hamilton struggled to compete in 2009 as a result of lacklustre tempo of his McLaren MP4-24, which noticed the British outfit slip away from their Constructors’ Championship rivals after failing to ace the ‘skinny’ aerodynamic regulation modifications that had been launched at the beginning of the yr. The person from Stevenage did not register a single podium end in any of that season’s first 9 Grands Prix and even went 4 straight races with out scoring a degree earlier than the tide lastly turned on the midway stage of the marketing campaign.
“It was a model new period of automotive and I keep in mind coming again In January to the crew and the pinnacle of aerodynamics saying: ‘We’ve already hit our goal’,” defined Hamilton. “The brand new guidelines mentioned we might have 50 per cent much less downforce in 2009, in order that they designed a automotive to have 50 per cent much less downforce.
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“I keep in mind in February them saying we’ve already hit our goal, and I keep in mind being like: ‘That doesn’t sound correct’. However I didn’t have the expertise on the time. We acquired to the primary take a look at and realised others had virtually as a lot downforce because the earlier yr and we had been like: ‘Oh shoot, we’ve acquired work to regain that’.”
The state of affairs at McLaren in 2009 bears loads of similarities to the present state of affairs at Mercedes, who’ve did not adapt to this yr’s new technical rules and have been paying the value with their sub-par outcomes since pre-season testing. It stays to be seen whether or not the Silver Arrows will be capable to put issues proper at this weekend’s race in Miami as they appear to shut the hole to Ferrari and Pink Bull and revive their faint hopes of Constructors’ Championship glory as a matter of urgency.
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