-32. This is the detachment, in terms of points, that separates Lewis Hamilton from Max Verstappen. The British driver, since Formula 1 entered the hybrid era in 2014, has never found himself suffering a similar delay from a driver driving another car. A greater detachment he had suffered only from Nico Rosberg, during the 2016 season, the only one of the last seven to not have ended with the title victory for the Stevenage champion. The history of motorsport, however, is full of historical comebacks that seemed impossible even to imagine. Hamilton has repeatedly stressed Red Bull’s alleged technical superiority this year, but has also announced battle for the next GPs.
Hamilton: “Surrender is never an option”
Who does not consider the seven-time world champion cut off from the chances of ultimate success is the former Mercedes team principal – current Managing Director of Formula 1 – Ross Brawn. Speaking in his traditional post-GP column published on the official F1 website, the British technician said he still believes the eighth world championship title for the reigning champion is still possible. “The title is still attainable for Hamilton and Mercedes. These races were dominated by Red Bull – admitted Brawn – but I would be amazed if this trend continues on every track. I think the British Grand Prix at Silverstone will be fascinating, especially with the new Sprint Qualifying format on Saturday. “.
Hamilton renewal: there is an exit clause at the end of 2022
Brawn finally commented with satisfaction on the contract renewal signed by Hamilton with Mercedes and made known during the second weekend in Styria. “It’s great news that Lewis’s contract has been renewed. He is a Formula 1 superstar. He is a key ingredient in the fantastic title battle we are witnessing this season. It is a huge advantage that he will be with us for a few more years. He will have the opportunity to drive the new car next year”Commented the former Ferrari manager.