Lewis Hamilton is clearly feeling the pressure. He is merely P7 in the F1 drivers’ standings after four race weekends and has scored just over a third of Charles Leclerc’s leading points tally.
In his own words, he is out of the drivers’ title race this year already, which must be a huge blow to his goal of an 8th F1 title is gone until at least 2023.
For Lewis to win an 8th drivers’ title assumes Mercedes AMG F1 can produce a title winning car by the end of next season and at present its questionable whether they can recover their position even given 2 years of development.
Further, Hamilton’s team mate is nigh on humiliating him, given George Russell has almost double the points of Hamilton and has bested him in 3 of the 4 GP’s this season.
In a bizarre post, Lewis stated on Instagram today “Working on my masterpiece, I’ll be the one to decide when its finished.”
The coded message says a lot about Hamilton’s state of mind. He appears to be telling us he isn’t about to quit. Yet the reality is there have been only a few media stories suggesting he is about to do this. It seems a classic over reaction from Hamilton when his emotions run away with his rationality.
Of course there is the subtext for this Insta post being that Lewis wants an 8th title before he’s done with F1 – his unfinished ‘masterpiece’.
Yet at present given turnaround times for engineers and F1 cars, its unlikely his current contract to the end of 2023 will be enough time for Mercedes AMG F1 to get on a sufficient up-cycle to deliver for his ambition.
Lewis is a complex character, he has demonstrated his emotional highs and lows over a decade and a half of F1 racing. Yet his apparent anger or defiance in this Insta statement is unusual for him, as he prefers to do his talking out on track.