From five races Lewis Hamilton he did not manage to conquer a pole position or a victory: to find a coincidence of both these elements we must go back to the end of 2013, before the advent of the hybrid era. Since Mercedes established their dominance, it was only between 2017 and 2018 that the experienced English champion had been without victories for six GPs, but obtaining a pole position. This resulted in Max Verstappen overtaking in the standings, who is leading the championship 32 points clear of his rival after nine races.
Already from the home round at Silverstone, Hamilton will have to respond to those who see the world championship well directed towards the Red Bull men, on a track that has seen him obtain seven wins, six poles and a total of ten podiums. Bernie Ecclestone, former Circus boss for almost 40 years, however, wanted to expose himself in defining the seven-time British champion in decline: “I’ve talked to many people about it, and perhaps what we’re seeing is no longer the Hamilton fighter it used to be. On several occasions this season he could have done better. In recent years it has had no rivals, the car was always exceptional and did not have to strive to win“, The 90-year-old Briton observed to the agency PA.
Ecclestone then confided that he did not expect this 2021 to take such a difficult turn for Hamilton: “At the beginning of the year I thought he would win the title and then retire. But it doesn’t seem like that, although I wouldn’t rely too much on contracts, which can always be torn apart. He probably took a look at the business in the world of clothing and music and realized that it is not as easy to make money as it is in Formula 1.“, Sentenced a caustic Ecclestone.