As the current Formula 1 season gets off to a difficult start for Lewis Hamilton, there are fears about the future of the Mercedes driver according to a certain former F1 driver who yesterday appeared to start a silly rumour about Lewis switching teams.
During the off-season, there were many questions about the future of Lewis Hamilton. Following his failure against Max Verstappen last year in the title race, the Mercedes driver had completely disappeared. Some people feared the worst and suggested that the British driver might retire. Finally, Hamilton did come back for the 2022 season, but it is not going well for the seven-time world champion. This again raises questions about his future in the sport, but also with Mercedes itself.
“He’ll start thinking about changing teams,” says two time champion and former F1 driver Mika Hakkinen.
Former Formula One driver Mika Hakkinen gave his assessment of Lewis Hamilton’s problems this season in his blog on Unibet’s website. In his article, Mika is certainly thinking the worst about the British driver’s future with the Mercedes team.
“I’m afraid this is going to be a really difficult season for Lewis. It triggers a natural thought process in drivers: “Should I go somewhere else?” It’s a fact,”
“He’s been at Mercedes for years and has won several championships. Now that things are not going well, he will start thinking about changing teams,”
If Hamilton is thinking about changing teams, it really is a struggle to think who would take him. Red Bull is tied up with a commitment to Verstappen, Ferrari has Leclerc and frankly, the other teams are very unlikely to be challenging for a title anytime soon. The only feasible option is to retire or poodle around the midfield (or worse) a la Vettel.
Further, the impressive statistics of his time at a dominant Mercedes team might to some appear to give weight to his value to a top team, it is also a fact that Charles Leclerc might well be diminishing that value each race by using a dominant Ferrari car to take a huge early lead in the championship. Should he take the championship, well…
This will very soon dispel the silly myth that Hamilton gave a large percentage of value and performance to his championships at Mercedes. Leclerc is very much proving that really most of the performance does come from the car and team behind it. Hamilton’s value drops even further.
I guess Mika did provide a nice boost in website traffic to Unibet yesterday, but it was a silly notion.