The Red Bull boss accepts Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes F1 problems and says he should have retired

Lewis Hamilton has ruled out any chance of winning the F1 title in 2022. (Photo: Alessio Morgese / NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Red Bull adviser Helmut Marko has mocked Lewis Hamilton’s fights with Mercedes at the start of the 2022 Formula 1 season, expressing that the seven-time world champion will regret not retiring from the sport in the winter.

Rumors abounded in the low season that Hamilton could walk away from F1, following the controversial circumstances in which he lost at the 2021 World Cup to Max Verstappen. Hamilton eventually returned when Mercedes launched their new W13 car ahead of the new campaign, but could not have foreseen the problems the teams have suffered since then.

After winning all constructors’ championships since 2014, the Silver Arrows are far away from the pace of the leading Ferrari and Red Bulls so far this season and they are unable to challenge race victories. F1’s return to ground power design for the first time since the 1980s has allowed cars to follow each other more closely and drivers to drive harder against each other, but has brought with it an aerodynamic peculiarity known as guinea pig, which hampers Mercedes’ performance.

Guinea pigs are the name of the phenomenon where air is trapped under the floor of the car, which from this season onwards is used to generate more downforce than ever before. Once trapped, the air moves rapidly back and forth under the car, causing it to bounce wildly up and down at high speeds on straight lines.

While some teams have been able to mitigate the intensity of their guinea pigs, Mercedes is struggling so much with it that team manager Toto Wolff revealed during the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix weekend that their drivers had to lift the accelerator straight lines. just to be able to steer the car.

However, Hamilton wears more than teammate George Russell. The Williams candidate has finished in the top five in all four races so far this season and scored an impressive fourth place at Imola on Sunday to build a 21-point advantage over Hamilton in seventh place in the drivers’ position. The 37-year-old was painfully patched by Verstappen in the final stages of the race.

No love was lost between Mercedes and rivals Red Bull during the intense battle that Hamilton and Verstappen fought for last season’s championship, and the Milton Keynes – based team seems to revel in Hamilton’s battles if Marko’s comments are anything to go by. come after.

‘I mean, he was patched by us, so maybe he should have stopped last year, he thinks!’, The Austrian joked to Sky Sports News.

Team manager Christian Horner, meanwhile, was a little more generous.

Lewis Hamilton struggles with the lack of performance in Mercedes’ W13 car. (Photo by Dan Mullan / Getty Images)

“He’s obviously had a terrible weekend, but he’s still a seven-time world champion,” Horner said. ‘He has not forgotten how to drive in the last four races, so at some point they will solve their problems and he will become a factor I have no doubt. But it’s clear the young guys are doing a good job at the moment. ‘

Verstappen led Red Bull to a one-two victory ahead of team-mate Sergio Perez in Imola on Sunday, in one of Red Bull’s best results in the team’s 18-year history in the sport.

This result, combined with Charles Leclerc’s late spin, which caused him to drop to sixth by the checkered flag, caused the 24-year-old to reduce the deficit at the top of this year’s standings to 27 points.

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