Let’s rejoice that Hamilton is not finished with Formula 1 just yet
A handful of so-so qualifying sessions, some fine George Russell performances plus a little bad luck with safety cars, and suddenly some people felt that Lewis Hamilton was past it. Of course, every sportsperson will eventually fade as their powers wane, but recent evidence suggests Hamilton has not yet reached that stage.
In this week’s open and insightful interview (page 20), the seven-time world champion talks about how he got over the disappointment of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, his and the Mercedes team’s e°orts to improve the di˛cult W13 this season, and how he sees the future. It’s clear from Matt Kew’s piece that, despite Hamilton’s 103 world championship race victories, the 37-year-old still loves his racing and is highly motivated to chase that eighth Formula 1 crown.
Neutral fans should rejoice. Hamilton was Max Verstappen’s main challenger at both the United States and Mexican GPs. Given Ferrari’s problems and the gap between the top teams and the rest, which Alex Kalinauckas explores on page 17, Hamilton and Mercedes still appear to be the combination most likely to stand up to the Red Bull/ Verstappen steamroller that is gathering momentum.
Motorsport lost one of its key players of the past in Mauro Forghieri last week. The Italian formed strong partnerships with John Surtees and Niki Lauda, and his impact on Ferrari should not be underestimated. Adam Cooper looks back at a fine career in our tribute on p12.
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