The market maneuvers at Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton’s unhappy moment were among the topics of debate on the podcast F1 Nationattended by the former world champion in 1996 with Williams and now columnist Damon Hill. In five races the reigning world champion driver has not climbed to the top step of the podium, a winless streak that dates back to 2016 when he did not win any of the first five races.
According to Tom Clarkson Lewis Hamilton has already signed the renewal for the next two seasons with Mercedes because he believes the hopes of being able to obtain the eighth world title in his career in this 2021 in which Red Bull with Max Verstappen is already proving to be a ‘ opponent of the highest level. The commentator, then, in view of the next season declared that if it were up to him the choice of the box mate to support Hamilton would focus on George Russell. “I think that between Russell and Mercedes there is already Tom”, intervened Damon Hill, thus assuming the promotion of the English driver alongside his compatriot in Mercedes has already been established.
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Returning then to the question related to unequal fight at this time between Mercedes and Red Bull Hill added that: “It is normal for Hamilton to appear discouraged and defeated at the end of the race on Sunday, also because he had to let Bottas pass without being able to fight. At the moment Mercedes is in ‘damage limitation’ mode and Lewis’ mood is affected ”.