Two-time System One world champion Mika Hakkinen has steered Lewis Hamilton will already be eager about the prospect of becoming a member of one other time following Mercedes’ difficult begin to the marketing campaign. The Silver Arrows are already dealing with a struggle to salvage their season with Hamilton now a staggering 43 factors behind chief Charles Leclerc following the Ferrari star’s conclusive victory in Melbourne final weekend.
Mercedes are usually not alone of their battle to adapt to new rules although with Crimson Bull additionally flagging behind after Max Verstappen failed to complete in Australia.
Hamilton, who prolonged his contract with Mercedes till 2023 final July, has been left to rue his group’s incapability to enhance their automobile regardless of notable modifications.
And within the view of Hakkinen, Mercedes’ issues might see Hamilton query his future with the German producers.
“I am afraid this shall be a very troublesome season for Lewis,” the 1998 and 1999 world champion instructed Unibet. “Now begin the pure thought technique of drivers. Ought to I’m going some other place? It is a truth.”
The Finn is greater than probably talking from expertise from his time on the sport’s summit with McLaren however as of now, Hamilton stays centered on turning Mercedes’ marketing campaign round.
He shall be seeking to make main enhancements when he races in Imola on April 24 after spending a while in Kuala Lumpur as a part of a sponsorship expedition.
Hamilton, who was on track for a podium end Down Underneath earlier than Sebastian Vettel’s lap-22 crash, stays fixated on closing the hole – putting complete religion in his group to shortly enhance his automobile.
“I shall be on Zoom calls with our bosses, and actually attempting to rally them up,” stated Hamilton. “Now we have obtained some enhancements that we have to make and we want everybody’s help in doing so.
“It’s about ensuring we go away no stone unturned, that the starvation is there and we’re maximising each second.
“I shall be chasing the folks within the wind tunnel, the aerodynamic guys, and simply each single space.
“There’s efficiency to be gained and we want it now, not in two or three races. I’ve obtained to maintain that encouragement and vitality excessive.
“I desire to remain optimistic. There are 20 races to go. I’m actually hoping we will get within the struggle, however with each little bit of enchancment we make so will Crimson Bull and Ferrari. It isn’t going to be simple. The hole is fairly large proper now however there’s a lengthy method to go.”
Hamilton kick-started the season with third in Bahrain earlier than a disappointing Tenth-place end in Saudi Arabia.
That was adopted up by fourth in Australia and now group boss Toto Wolff has confirmed Mercedes wish to keep away from modifications forward of the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, simply so the Silver Arrows can familiarise themselves with the automobile.
“I feel we’re simply studying the automobile, we’re studying the tyres. Nothing we did [in Australia] has unlocked the aerodynamic potential or has lowered the bouncing. We’re nonetheless on the identical place,” the Austrian stated.
“And that’s why it doesn’t make any sense to deliver updates since you’re complicated your self much more. Perhaps it’s the actual fact the extra downforce you deliver, the more serious the bouncing will get. So we’re nonetheless studying.”