After two races, Mercedes AMG F1 is far from its best level and is already worrying several Formula 1 observers and advocates for Lewis Hamilton, such as Mika Häkkinen.
After narrowly missing out on the Formula One title last season, Lewis Hamilton was hoping to make a quick start to his bid for an eighth world title, but Mercedes is far from meeting expectations. While he achieved a miraculous third place in Bahrain, the British driver had to make do with a tenth place in Saudi Arabia and is already seeing Charles Leclerc pull ahead in the overall standings.
In the eyes of Mika Häkkinen, Mercedes needs to get its act together quickly.
“Mercedes has a significant set of problems to solve”
“Mercedes has a big set of problems to solve if it wants to catch up with Red Bull and Ferrari. The team has to react quite quickly because the two top teams will be pushing their own development so hard.
“It was very strange to see Mercedes starting from fifth and sixteenth on the grid. Lewis Hamilton was clearly unhappy with the set-up of his car,” said Mika Häkkinen
It is fair to say that 2022 has been an utterly catastrophic start to the season for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. The seven-time world champion is not getting it right with the W13 and is even being overtaken by Magnussen’s Haas, which is impossible for him to hold on to.
With 29 points behind Leclerc in the Drivers’ standings, is it already too late for Lewis in the title race? Comment below and tell us if you feel Hamilton and Mercedes can turn things around.