MERCEDES have endured a difficult begin to the 2022 season, and Lewis Hamilton’s frustrations are rising.
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Lewis Hamilton is getting ‘punched within the nostril’ by Mercedes teammate George Russell as his 2022 season continues to frustrate. Russell has defied expectations to date in his debut 12 months as a full-time Silver Arrows driver and is getting essentially the most out of a hard W13 automobile.
After his podium end in Bahrain on the opening weekend, Hamilton has completed behind Russell within the following 4 races and has suffered additional security automobile stress after the controversial finish to final season. The most recent got here in Miami on Sunday, the place confusion over security automobile technique helped Russell thwart the seven-time world champion once more.
Hamilton’s discontent is intensifying by the week in a season the place Mercedes have been left behind by Purple Bull and Ferrari on account of porpoising points. And Tim Coronel has accused the Brit of ‘making excuses’ whereas Russell retains delivering blows in his debut 12 months with the group.
He instructed Motorsport.com: “As a driver in a heat nest, you categorical your self properly and you then might be artistic and maintain going. Hamilton and Mercedes are positively not in that in the meanwhile. I do not suppose it is champions [behaviour] both.
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George Russell is ‘punching Lewis Hamilton within the nostril’. (Picture: GETTY)
“I see Hamilton making a number of excuses, however it’s additionally very troublesome as a result of he retains getting punched within the nostril by his teammate Russell. Then you definately go to the improper momentum, and also you see that taking place with Hamilton now. He is searching for excuses.”
Russell has achieved constant top-five finishes this season, as anticipated within the third-fastest automobile on the grid, and has been extensively hailed for his consistency. Coronel has praised the 24-year-old for the beginning he is made and believes his years of driving a ‘rooster coop’ at Williams has helped him adapt to Mercedes’ below-par automobile.
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George Russell has overwhelmed Lewis Hamilton in 4/5 GPs this season. (Picture: EXPRESS)
“He comes from the identical line as Norris, Max and Leclerc, let’s face it,” Coronel added. “It’s a group which have recognized one another from an early age and who’ve at all times fought one another. It is about: how do you develop throughout that 12 months?
“Russell has needed to drive a rooster coop from a automobile for the previous few years [at Williams]; let’s get that straight. He needed to be taught to adapt to the automobile and get essentially the most out of it. And he does.” Hamilton can be vying to raised Russell when the F1 calendar lands in Barcelona for the Spanish Grand Prix later this month.