It didn’t look good for Mercedes during pre-season testing. Since they won a host of titles, this year saw the FIA make most significant changes to the car design. Whilst the team completed the most laps, their best lap time was even slower than Mick Schumacher’s.
In Bahrain before the season opener Mercedes super star driver, Lewis Hamilton was asked whether he thought the team were incapable of providing him with a car fit to win an 8th drivers’ championship.
“Why would I feel that way? Why would I ever think that? We’ve won eight in a row. Why would I ever feel that way?”
When challenged by a paddock pundit who suggested the team could have made a mistake with the car design, Lewis retorted: “My team don’t make mistakes. Of course there is always a risk. We don’t make mistakes. We’ve got a lot of intelligent people back in the factory, I trust them 100%. And whatever we start with today, good or bad, we’ll work through it. We’ve always had a great development plan to work towards.”
Lewis must feel a little foolish right now.
In the words of Julia Roberts – and no it’s not “Edward George? My favourite name in the whole world” – rather Mercedes have in fact made a “Big mistake. Big. Huge.”
Of course it’s not unreasonable for Lewis to demand of Toto “I want the fairy tale” from an F1 car to claim an 8th drivers’ F1 title.
The he again, others believe he could pull his finger out and at least match his team mate’s performance; then the ex-world champion Mercedes’ driver may just ‘rescue them right back’.