If the Mercedes should improve in performance over time, Toto Wolff knows that this will not be enough for Lewis Hamilton to play the leading roles this season.
After outrageously dominating Formula 1 for a decade, Mercedes has suddenly fallen into line this season. But with the new technical regulations that came into force at the start of the year, the German firm has not yet found the keys to compete with the best single-seaters such as the Ferraris and the Red Bulls.
If George Russell manages to save the furniture in this complicated period for Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton is in big trouble. Only 13th in the last Grand Prix, the seven-time world champion is only in 7th place in the general classification, with only 28 points, far behind leader Charles Leclerc and his 86 points.
And Lewis Hamilton’s troubles are certainly not over yet… Although the Silver Arrows should improve in performance throughout the season, the Briton will not be able to catch up, warned Toto Wolff.
« You can’t win ten years in a row without falling flat sometimes. Now we are trying to pick ourselves up, which gives us the opportunity to restructure the team. We’ll be using the same cars in 2023, which means we’ll need everything we learn now for next year. The sooner we get through this, the better »said the boss of Mercedes in remarks reported by Nextgen-auto, and to conclude on the possibility of seeing the Silver Arrows fight for the win at the next Grand Prix, this weekend in Miami: « No, unfortunately we are too far for that! » Not very reassuring…
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