Lewis Hamilton does not anticipate Mercedes catching up with Red Bull Racing in the 2024 Formula 1 season, citing Max Verstappen‘s consistent dominance and ability to control races without much challenge.
‣ Lewis Hamilton does not anticipate Mercedes catching up with Red Bull Racing in the 2024 Formula 1 season due to Red Bull’s dominance.
‣ Hamilton compared Red Bull’s current dominance to his own time at Mercedes, where he won six world titles.
‣ Hamilton praised the Red Bull car, stating it performs well and allows a driver to fully utilize their personal abilities.
‣ According to Hamilton, Max Verstappen, the current world champion, has not faced significant challenges during the season, often leading races without much pressure.
Lewis Hamilton has some thoughts about the 2024 Formula 1 season. He doesn’t think Mercedes will easily catch up with Red Bull Racing. Why? Well, he’s seen Max Verstappen ‘chill at the front’ too often during his dominant year. Verstappen was crowned world champion for the third time in a row, after all.
Hamilton knows a thing or two about dominance. He’s seen it firsthand during his time at Mercedes. The team became world champion multiple times, and Hamilton himself won six world titles with them. His winning streak was only interrupted by his then-teammate Nico Rosberg in 2016. After that, Verstappen took over in 2021.
Hamilton has a lot of respect for Red Bull. “You watch the Red Bull, and it does everything well,” he told The Race. He even compared it to his 2020 car, saying it’s super-stable and firing on all cylinders. According to him, it’s a driver’s dream because it allows you to really extract your own personal abilities to the max.
But Hamilton admits he didn’t really manage to challenge Verstappen last season. “I don’t think we have ever really truly pushed them… maybe Austin we were the closest but even then I think they still always had a tenth or two on us at the bare minimum,” he said.
Hamilton also believes Verstappen hasn’t had a tough time this year. He’s been ‘chilling at the front’ more often than not. “I don’t think he has broken a sweat during the year,” Hamilton continued. He thinks Verstappen was able to control the race, and when you’re in that position, you can back off, the tyres last longer, and you’re in a sweet spot. “It’s amazing to be in that place,” Hamilton added.
Now, isn’t that something? Hamilton’s observations and insights into the world of Formula 1 are always fascinating. It’s not just about the speed and the adrenaline, but also about the strategy, the control, and the ability to push oneself to the max. It’s a world where every tenth of a second counts, and where a ‘chill’ Verstappen seems to be having the time of his life.