Lewis Hamilton has been the most decorated F1 racer of all time. He won seven championships like the great Michael Schumacher but won more races and pole positions than the great German. No other driver has even come close to winning 100 races. Only the British driver in Formula One has won more than 100 Grand Prix. Albeit, Michael Schumacher came close to 100 race wins with as many as 91 GP victories. In his 15-year-long and illustrious career, Lewis Hamilton has taken the sport to an all-new height. Moreover, the most successful driver in the last decade has been none other than the great Briton. He won six titles between 2014 and 2021. This turbo-hybrid era saw the rise of Mercedes as an unprecedented dominating F1 team.
On the other hand, last year in the Brazilian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton came second to Russell as Mercedes had their only one-two finish last year. Moreover, the former William’s driver was able to beat the seven-time champion in his debut season for Mercedes. However, this season, Lewis Hamilton had a better outing than his younger teammate so far until the summer break. Moreover, they had only a single double podium so far this season. It was in the Spanish Grand Prix, where Hamilton and Russell finished two or three, respectively.
Lewis Hamilton Revealed The Difference Between Last And This Year’s Chemistry With George Russell
Recently, in an interview, Lewis Hamilton mentioned last year that the feeling was very transparent. George Russell had nothing to lose but everything to gain. According to him, if Russell had finished behind him, people would say, “Oh, Okay, you finished behind a seven-time champion.” But since George Russell finished ahead of him, he became a legend. Moreover, Lewis Hamilton compared his rookie season with George’s debut season for Mercedes.
Hamilton pointed out the stress that happens if a driver is unable to realize their full potential after the performance of the car. However, this year, Lewis Hamilton mentioned his feeling of resurgence, saying he feels like getting back in the swing of things. Currently, the seven-time champion has a 49-point lead over his 25-year-old teammate. Moreover, Lewis Hamilton has been able to dominate his teammates in the qualifying and final sessions of the Grand Prix this season.
How Things Changed For Mercedes?
The German team won each and every constructor title between 2014 and 2021. Moreover, Lewis Hamilton has been the most common thread for Mercedes during this time. He still is their star driver, but unfortunately, Mercedes is not at the top anymore. It is time for Red Bull and Max Verstappen to dominate the grid like the Silver Arrows did in the turbo-hybrid era.
The Austrian team has won 29 races in the last one and a half years. On the other hand, Mercedes won a single Grand Prix in Sao Paolo, Brazil, the previous year. The German team has been winless this year. However, Lewis Hamilton has been winless since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in 2021. Last year, George Russell, making his debut for the German team, won the solitary race for Toto Wolff’s team. It was Russell’s maiden Grand Prix win.