Hamilton’s Compulsive Need to Beat Verstappen, According to Mercedes

Despite not winning a Grand Prix in the last two seasons, seven-time world champion Lewis Hamilton remains highly motivated to win again, with his Mercedes team attributing his drive to a “compulsive need” to beat rival Max Verstappen, according to technical director James Allison.

Highlights

‣ Lewis Hamilton, a seven-time world champion, has not won a Grand Prix in the last two seasons, which is an unprecedented run for him.
‣ Despite this, Hamilton’s Mercedes team claims that he has a “compulsive need” to win again and is highly motivated to perform in Formula 1.
‣ James Allison, the technical director, believes that Hamilton’s ability to win is more dependent on the equipment provided to him than his own skills.
‣ The development of new cars in recent times has been largely out of the drivers’ hands, happening mostly in the factory with designers. Drivers are expected to be involved in further development once the car is taken to the track.


Lewis Hamilton’s recent performance has been a bit of a shocker. He hasn’t won a Grand Prix in the last two seasons. That’s a first for the seven-time world champ. He’s always bagged at least one victory every season he’s raced in Formula 1, right up to 2021.

But don’t think he’s thrown in the towel. Far from it. His Mercedes team says he’s not resigned or reserved. Quite the opposite. Hamilton’s got a “compulsive need” to win again. He’s itching to beat Max Verstappen, says James Allison, the technical director.

Hamilton’s a bit of a paradox. When things don’t go his way, he sometimes gives off this vibe that he’s okay with it. Then he gripes about everything, and the warrior Hamilton we knew seems to have vanished. But when he was in the running for the podium last season, he seemed super motivated.

Allison is certain about one thing. Hamilton’s still got the drive to deliver top-notch performance in Formula 1. He told Motorsport.com, “That’s part of who Hamilton is.”

Allison believes that no driver on the grid lacks the motivation to perform in Formula 1. He thinks the more successful a driver is, the more they’re driven to win. “In Lewis’s case, it’s just a core part of who he is. There’s no doubt about his motivation to get back to winning ways. But whether or not he can do that, will be much more in the hands of the equipment we’ve given him than in his own hands. He’s always had that ability there,” Allison said.

Allison also mentioned that the drivers haven’t had much say in the development of the new car. The car’s development is always done in the factory. Designers are always on the hunt for ways to build the fastest car possible. It’s only when they take it to the track that they’re expected to be involved in its further development.

Allison expects Hamilton – and also teammate George Russell – have mostly used the past few months to get both physically and mentally fit for another F1 season.

Albert Ramirez
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