LEWIS HAMILTON has struggled for tempo this season and lies sixth within the drivers’ standings.
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Lewis Hamilton is ‘not prepared to surrender’ attempting to safe an eighth F1 world championship, based on Channel 4 commentator Ben Edwards. He believes competing in F1 ‘nonetheless issues vastly’ to Hamilton regardless of a poor begin to the marketing campaign.
When requested whether or not Hamilton nonetheless needs to proceed in F1 to safe the eighth world title which eluded him final 12 months, Edwards replied: “Yeah, I do suppose he needs it and I do not suppose he is able to give it up.” He was additionally responding to Hamilton’s name to retire from final week’s Spanish Grand Prix after an early accident.
The seven-time champion requested to give up the race to avoid wasting the engine however his group motivated him to proceed in a bid to attain some factors. It left David Coulthard to ponder whether or not Hamilton was waving the ‘white flag’ after a tough set of circumstances.
Nevertheless, Edwards claims Hamilton’s name was not ‘uncommon’ and feels the Briton nonetheless needs to drive in F1.
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Lewis Hamilton remains to be motivated to proceed in F1 (Picture: Getty)
He informed Specific Sport: “That remark he made it’s nothing that uncommon for me listening to that from Lewis within the early levels of a race, he’s at all times considering forward. It was concerning the engine, eager about the remainder of this 12 months, is it price pushing laborious.
“Sure he did push laborious and he delivered a completely incredible race. His race tempo was actually spectacular. I feel what he did in that race would have lifted that group vastly… I do not suppose he’s prepared to surrender but. I don’t have that feeling in him.
“Possibly I am unsuitable, I imply who is aware of. However to me, it feels as if it nonetheless issues vastly to him.”
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Rosberg claims Hamilton needs to beat Russell (Picture: Getty)
Hamilton addressed retirement rumours straight forward of this weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix. Chatting with Italian publication Corriere Della Sera, the Mercedes star mentioned: “I most likely will not win the title, however I really feel the identical pleasure of competing as after I began.
“Why ought to I cease? Possibly sooner or later I will not have the ability to take the stress anymore, I will be drained, however that day hasn’t come but.” Former team-mate Nico Rosberg additionally claimed Mercedes insiders had mentioned Hamilton remains to be as motivated to drive as ever.
The 2016 champion defined: “I’ve spoken to some folks inside Mercedes and so they’ve been very optimistic about him.
“He’s tremendous motivated, actually pushing laborious and let’s not overlook he hates coming second. He doesn’t wish to come second to Russell and that alone is a giant motivator for Lewis.”