There is zero chance that Hamilton will go to another team. He wants to stay as a Mercedes ambassador after he retires.Interesting times at Mercedes. They can’t build fast cars anymore and have Hamilton without a contract after this year.
How do you convince Hamilton to come drive two more years with a ****box? I don’t think the idea is appealing at all.
If Mercedes lose Hamilton to retirement or some other team, they are screwed. Hamilton made a top 10 car into a top 5 today and left George in his own dust.
Hamilton was clearly better than Russell today it was no contest. It is only my opinion, but I think they were pretty even for the entire body of work last year.All the celebrating over George scoring more points last year than Hamilton is pretty quiet now. Leweis has a better car to work with this year instead of throwing desperation set ups on the car.
Mercedes fans will be glad to know Toto says they need to start over. I'm betting they can fabricate a new sidepod before the next race, if they don't already have it in the works. I don't completely understand how the Red Bull concept works, but more than one team has their own version of it. Before it's over all these cars are going to look the same.
Lewis was a McLaren driver first and foremost. McLaren just happened to be the works Mercedes team for most of his career (until 2010 when Mercedes took over Brawn).Hamilton has been with Mercedes since he was 13 years old. Anything is possible, but why would you burn that kind of relationship?
Hamilton was clearly better than Russell today it was no contest. It is only my opinion, but I think they were pretty even for the entire body of work last year.
Edited: I was redundant with my comment
Hamilton has been with Mercedes since he was 13 years old. Anything is possible, but why would you burn that kind of relationship?
Yeah, you're right the Mercedes connection ran through Ron Dennis. Hamilton just said the other day he's been with Mercedes since he was 13, so I kind of went with that. It all started with Ron DennisLewis was a McLaren driver first and foremost. McLaren just happened to be the works Mercedes team for most of his career (until 2010 when Mercedes took over Brawn).
It would not be a bridge burning deal, but he's got maybe one more contract extension in him. He may as well finish there and continue building that relationship.Would it be a burning bridge type situation? He is literally out of a contract for next year so if a team comes (Let's pretend) to him and offers him a better outlook he could take it up and not ruin his relationship there. It doesn't have to be the Fernando way of burning bridges.
The counter point is this is more like Schumacher. Vettel had to fight like hell for at least two of those championships, whereas Schumacher's Ferrari was untouchable. Right now Max looks untouchable.Hotrod's point about this feeling like the Vettel years at Red Bull is spot on, right down to the "Y'all realize that at some point Ferrari is gonna throw all the money at Max and that's how this ends, right?"
Russell was faster than Hamilton on aggregate last year. I actually ran the numbers; finding datasets of every lap time in F1 is not easy or convenient, I'll say that. I wouldn't be so fast to throw the guy under the bus as a no-hoper for the team.
The alarm bells have sounded off for real at Mercedes. Both Toto and Lewis have said post-race that it’s especially demoralizing that Aston get “half their car” - engine/gearbox/rear suspension - from Mercedes and Aston even use the Mercedes wind tunnel (!) until their own is finished in 2024.
The problem with the working against the budget cap in this era is that once you commit to a concept it’s increasingly difficult to design and build something completely different. You can’t throw gobs of money at it anymore. You could try to copy Red Bull or Aston (which has ex-Red Bull personnel and design influence) but you’ll always be behind on understanding the concept and maximizing its potential. They still believed in this car enough to carry it over into 2023 but after one weekend it sounds like they’re already punting on this season.