As in 2017 and 2018, when the opponents were Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari, the Lewis Hamilton-Mercedes duo did not have such a first half of the season. sparkling. Out of eleven races, the seven-time world champion and reigning champion has won four, also making serious mistakes in Imola and Baku. If in Emilia Romagna a red flag canceled the mistake in the dubbing phase with consequent cover-up, in Azerbaijan a zero arrived for Hamilton who had just returned from a weekend in the Principality in Monaco that was anything but brilliant. In Austria, Hamilton was not blameless, even finishing off the podium in the second of the two consecutive races.
In Great Britain, however, Mercedes and the multi-champion are back to scratch and repeat themselves in Hungary. Hamilton got his fill of points by collecting 43 against Verstappen’s 2, a set that sent the reigning champion as world leader on vacation with an eight-point advantage over the Dutchman, five-time winner in the eleven races currently in the archive . The British journalist Peter Windsor, in his video analysis on Youtube, stressed that the balance is more than positive for Hamilton: “He hasn’t had the best car available on several occasions, yet the classification sees him ahead. Mercedes has changed its face, however, starting with Silverstone since Pirelli introduced harder rear tires ”.
After the Baku failures – another 25 points suddenly evaporated for Verstappen – the sole supplier introduced roofs with a different and more rigid construction aimed at ensuring even more safety. According to Windsor, these tires have been a factor in the last two races in bringing the Mercedes back: “It seems that this tire change has helped Mercedes and Ferrari and not Red Bull. Or, if you look at it another way, it hurt Red Bull and had no effect on Ferrari and Mercedes. Adrian Newey will certainly be thinking about how these new tires may have affected performance. For sure a friend of mine who bet on Max Verstappen in the title race is no longer so calm, especially since the rear tires have changed “added Windsor, formerly Williams’ team manager.
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