Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton has had an okay start to this Formula 1 season, but his car has had a lot of problems and it is only down to the driving skills of Hamilton and teammate George Russell that they have been able to keep pace with the likes of Ferrari and Red Bull.
In fact, former F1 driver Mika Hakkinen believes that the Mercedes car’s problems could lead to Hamilton considering his future with the team. “I wonder how Lewis behaves in the team meetings. I bet he’s sulking – I can imagine it! Lots of complaining and whining,” Hakkinen told Unibet.
“This starts the natural thought process of drivers, ‘Should I go somewhere else?’ It’s a fact. He’s been at Mercedes for years and won multiple championships. Now that things are not going well, he’ll start thinking of switching teams.” While Hamilton is used to being in a top-notch car that is the envy of the F1 paddock, Hakkinen explains that Russell is relishing his time so far at Mercedes after having a difficult time at Williams, who he raced for between 2019 and 2021.
“The last race in Australia was a tough spot for Lewis, really tough,” he explained. “The team naturally wants the drivers to finish the race. They got the result – not the result they hope for, but still good points for the team. But I’m sure Lewis is still annoyed by the situation.
“It’s hard to be beaten by George. I’m afraid this will be a really difficult season for Lewis. George comes from a team with little to no success – he had some good qualifying results but not in the races. All these achievements with Mercedes are new to him, everything feels super good. For Lewis, this is a disaster and, with George being ahead, it’s even worse.”