MERCEDES ARE but to win an F1 Grand Prix in 2022 after struggling to adapt their automobiles to new technical rules.
Mercedes: What’s gone unsuitable on the F1 and might they recuperate?
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Ross Brawn has backed Lewis Hamilton to proceed in F1 subsequent season regardless of his struggles thus far in 2022. Again in February, the seven-time world champion ended hypothesis he would retire from the game after the controversial 2021 end in Abu Dhabi, the place he was dubiously denied one other title. As a substitute, he voiced his need to make historical past with the Silver Arrows and win an unprecedented eighth crown – however that appears unlikely this season.
A problem hasn’t materialised this time round, with the Silver Arrows critically struggling to adapt to the brand new technical rules launched into the game. Hamilton himself sits sixth within the drivers’ standings, having simply amassed 46 factors thus far.
After his sole podium end in Bahrain within the season-opener, the British icon has endured some troublesome moments. In Saudi Arabia, he exited qualifying in Q1, after which at Emilia Romagna he was lapped by 2021 title rival Max Verstappen as he laboured to a thirteenth positioned end.
There have been indicators of promise in Barcelona final weekend although, with Hamilton recovering from a first-lap puncture to complete fifth. Workforce-mate George Russell, who has discovered consistency this season to take a seat fourth general on 74 factors, was third.
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Lewis Hamilton discovered extra tempo in Spain. (Picture: GETTY)
And Brawn, 67, has dismissed the prospect of Hamilton strolling away any time quickly. “Amid all of the glitz and the glamour, you continue to have a really decided racing driver,” he informed the Night Normal. “He’s nonetheless supremely match and succesful. I’m fairly sure he needs to win that eighth championship and, if not this 12 months as appears seemingly, then subsequent 12 months.
“I don’t know sufficient about what Mercedes’ points are to know if they are often fastened with the idea of automobile they’ve or whether or not they must evaluation the idea. They’ll type it out I’m positive – however it’s clearly very fragile what they’re coping with.”
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Ross Brawn thinks Hamilton continues to be ‘match and succesful’. (Picture: GETTY)
Toto Wolff and co are set to learn from new upgrades as they push to chop the hole between themselves and front-runners Ferrari and Purple Bull. And while Hamilton has additionally publicly written off his personal hopes of profitable the title in 2021.
Regardless, the 37-year-old has nonetheless been within the thick of it with F1 bosses. He is lately been embroiled in a row over his sporting of jewelry, probably risking a ban from the Monaco Grand Prix this weekend.