Lewis Hamilton: Do the Mercedes driver and the Silver Arrows still agree on the 2024 F1 season? F1 News

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have 16 F1 events together before the seven-time world champion leaves the team for Ferrari in 2025.

Looking ahead to the 2024 season, Hamilton announced that he would be leaving Mercedes and insisted that he will give everything to finish his time in the Silver Arrows on a high.

However, he is currently having his worst season in F1 having failed to finish in the top five in a race and is being beaten by his Mercedes teammate George Russell.

Hamilton, who is the most successful F1 driver of all time with 103 wins and 104 pole positions, has not won a race since the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix in December 2021.

Few would have thought the 39-year-old would go the next two seasons without a win, and there will be plenty of intrigue over the rest of 2024 to see if Hamilton can adapt to the car and find his best form.

Hamilton vs. Russell in 2024

Head to head hamilton Russel
Qualification 1 7
Breeds 2* 5*
Points 35 44
Drivers’ champion. eighth 7th

*Russell crashed at the Australian Grand Prix on lap 57, but finished 17th.

Russell with the advantage

It is clear that Mercedes does not have a car to compete for the podium, as Red Bull, Ferrari and McLaren have made progress during the winter and the first part of the season.

But the number one rule for a driver in motorsport is to beat his teammate, something Hamilton is not currently doing this year.

He has only passed Russell once and beaten him once when both drivers took the checkered flag; both times at the Miami Grand Prix.

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Just a few days after the Miami Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton arrived on the Met Gala red carpet alongside other sports superstars like the Williams sisters of tennis and NFL wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr.

In every other race, Russell has been ahead when it mattered most, although Hamilton enjoyed a front-row start at the Chinese Sprint Grand Prix and finished the shortened race in second behind Max Verstappen.

Last time in Monaco, Hamilton was ahead during all three practice sessions, but Russell, with a new front wing, beat him in qualifying.

Hamilton later made some interesting comments to Sky Sports F1 about his one-lap pace.

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Following Monaco GP qualifying, Lewis Hamilton expressed confusion over his performance in qualifying compared to practice.

“I anticipated it would be hard to beat George because he has the updated component, but it’s great to see that we’re bringing updates,” he said.

“Once we get to qualifying, I don’t understand it. I already automatically know that I’m going to lose two tenths (of a second) before qualifying. That’s definitely frustrating and it’s something I don’t really have an answer for.” I’m not driving any differently. The laps were great.

Hamilton added: “I don’t anticipate being ahead of George in the standings this year,” and when asked why he replied: “We’ll see.”

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George Russell says Mercedes are making “great progress” after a really good result in fifth place in qualifying at Monaco.

Wolff: Mercedes offers both drivers the best possible car

Hamilton joined Mercedes in 2013 and won six of his seven drivers’ titles with the Brackley-based team.

Toto Wolff has overseen Mercedes during that time as team principal and experienced all the thrills with Hamilton over the past decade.

Wolff says Mercedes is “trying to maximize results for Hamilton’s final season” and understands Hamilton’s frustration.

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Highlights of the Monaco Grand Prix.

“All drivers are a little skeptical sometimes. I think that as a team we have shown, even in the most tense competitions between teammates, that we always try to maintain the right balance and be transparent and fair,” explained Wolff.

“I don’t think there was any time apart from Abu Dhabi 2016 where we tried to compete. We haven’t done it since.”

“But I can understand that, as a driver, you want the best from yourself and the team, and sometimes when it goes against you, you can question it. But as a team, we are 100 percent on the mission to give the two drivers, the best possible cars and the best possible strategies and support.

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George Russell says his race felt controlled in Monaco even with Max Verstappen pushing.

Asked to explain Hamilton’s problems, particularly in qualifying, Wolff added: “I don’t think there’s a specific explanation for a statistic, but it’s still a statistic. We’re eight races in and there’s another 16 to go, so.” “I don’t see this as a trend.”

Schiff on Hamilton’s form

Hamilton also expressed his frustration in the Monaco race when he asked why Mercedes didn’t tell him to push on his out lap when he pitted 28 laps behind seventh place.

Red Bull reacted to Hamilton’s pit stop by bringing in Verstappen on the next lap and Hamilton was unable to overtake his rival. Wolff admitted that Mercedes made a mistake by not giving Hamilton a clear command on his out lap.

Sky Sports F1Naomi Schiff believes Hamilton is in new territory and Russell is doing a “great job” to beat his teammate.

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Sky F1’s Ted Kravitz reflects on all the big talking points from the Monaco Grand Prix.

“It’s really strange because Lewis was in shape all weekend, but then he came into qualifying and just didn’t seem to be able to put in that perfect lap,” Schiff said.

“It’s frustrating, I’m sure for Lewis, to be 7-1 down to George in the standings, but there’s also the psychology that’s going to show up. He’s obviously leaving the team and who the team will favor in these types of games.” situations? And, unfortunately, that’s what comes with announcing that you’re leaving the team so soon.”

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