Sir Lewis Hamilton might never ever get over his 2021 title loss. It might have been his last shot at winning the coveted eighth title. Like his maiden title in F1 was a pretty close call when he beat Felipe Massa narrowly in 2008. Similarly, in 2021, the results of the title were pretty close. But this time, Hamilton lost. At present, the big news in F1 is that Massa claims that he is the true winner of 2008 and has appealed in court.
Hence, Hamilton can see his maiden title in jeopardy. But Lewis Hamilton knows if Mercedes continues with the same car, they won’t win a race. He has been complaining about the car’s downforce, seat capacity, and whatnot since the opening Grand Prix in Bahrain. Hence, Mercedes must come up with a great plan for the next season to meet the needs of Lewis Hamilton.
How Is Toto Wolff Planning To Help Lewis Hamilton Win His 8th Title?
The Mercedes boss expressed that he has a true “Personal anger” for Hamilton’s loss in 2021. Recently, in an interview with PA, Toto Wolff mentioned the pain still feels fresh even after a couple of years. Toto mentioned that time passes pretty quickly. Moreover, the Mercedes boss wondered about how suddenly the pecking order changed. For instance, they won for eight years in a row. And at present, Red Bull has won back-to-back championships. Moreover, Toto Wolff said that they are eager to learn from the mistakes in the past and push to help Lewis Hamilton win again as soon as possible.
Adding to that, Wolff mentioned the reason behind his “Personal Anger” is that Lewis Hamilton deserved to win in 2021. That anger drives Wolff to help Hamilton in every he can to win his eighth title. Moreover, the Mercedes boss talked about the team principal’s ideal attitude to be fair and open to both drivers. But Wolff just can’t help it. He wants to undo the 2021 results and overcome the curse of that season. On the other hand, Lewis Hamilton told Sky Sports that they didn’t do a great job in 2023. But he is willing to move on as he believes it is time to learn from the current season’s mistakes and see how they can move about the development process.
Since 2021, Mercedes Has Lost Its Place In Title Contention
Moreover, the pain of the 2021 loss is unbearable. Mercedes had already won the constructor title. But Max Verstappen of Red Bull and Lewis Hamilton headed toward the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix for a final clash to decide the driver’s championship that season. However, some more drama and controversy resulted in Lewis Hamilton losing in 2021.
Since then, Mercedes has failed to build a fast car, and they are no longer contenders. But the German team is not willing to give up so soon. They plan to bring the fight to Red Bull next season. Moreover, they want to help Hamilton win the eighth title before he retires. He is already 38. In the midseason, he signed a two-year extension with Mercedes. Hence, he plans to race for at least until he turns 40.