Lewis Hamilton has only been on the podium in Formula 1 so far this season. It is indicative of a season Mercedes has been plagued by a difficult W13 that the team is unable to make the best of due to porpoises. As George Russell stoically works on, winning top five after top five, Hamilton’s frustration seems to be rising.
“As a driver in a warm nest, you express yourself well and then you can be creative and move on,” says Tim Coronel in the F1 review on this site. “Hamilton and Mercedes are definitely not there at the moment. I don’t think it’s championship worthy either. I see that Hamilton makes a lot of excuses, but it’s also very difficult because he keeps getting punched on the nose by his teammate Russell. Then you go in the wrong direction and you see that’s what’s happening at Hamilton now. He’s looking for excuses.”
This was reflected in the Miami Grand Prix, where Hamilton was asked by his team for a decision on strategy. Hamilton refused to take matters into his own hands, leaving the decision to his chief engineer. The British rider’s response was significant for the balance of the team, Coronel believes. “Russell does, he takes risks earlier because it feels pretty good. He can do it. We saw that earlier with Schumacher, who really thought along with the team. Now Hamilton brings the ball to the team, but as a driver you have to think along too. Hamilton is too busy with his piercings, jewels and other nonsense than he is with actual racing.”
George Russell fares much better in this regard. According to the coronel, this has to do with his education, but also with his past at Williams. “He comes from the same line as Norris, Max and Leclerc, let’s be honest. It’s a group that has known each other since they were little and have always fought. It’s about: How are you developing this year? Russell has in recent years [bij Williams] having to drive a chicken coop from a car, let’s say that first. He had to learn to adapt to the car and make the best of it. And he does.”
Watch the full interview with Tim Coronel above†