Piercings! Jewelry! Strategy! Seems like Lewis Hamilton is currently facing the wrath of everything. After a somber season start, the driver has not been able to redeem himself from a bad start.
While Hamilton’s teammate George Russell is the new apple of the eye, the world champion struggles to even beat him. Notably, Russell’s debut season with Mercedes has been commendable despite troubles.
George Russell and Lewis Hamilton have reversed roles
The seven-time world champion is not the one to keep quiet over things. Making his stance clear in Miami, the Briton firstly criticized the FIA over a tough jewelry ban weekend. However, Hamilton later also pointed out how the Mercedes strategy felt a little iffy for him. While, for Russell, things have worked out perfectly with the Silver Arrows till now.
BAHRAIN, BAHRAIN – MARCH 20: George Russell of Great Britain and Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes pose for a photo prior to the F1 Grand Prix of Bahrain at Bahrain International Circuit on March 20, 2022 in Bahrain, Bahrain. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
During the race, a pit stop discussion left Hamilton confused. The team and he could not make a proper decision as Lewis later lost out in a duel with Russell. Hamilton was visibly upset and shifted the blame to a strategy failure. Now, Dutch racing driver Tim Coronel presented his take on the whole blame game situation. He said, “I see that Hamilton is looking for a lot of excuses,”
“But that’s difficult right now because he keeps getting hit on the nose by his teammate Russell. Then you get into a bad momentum that we’re seeing with Hamilton right now.”
Piercings bother Hamilton more?
Likening Russell to the legendary Michael Schumacher, Tim also lauded his performances. Russell arguably rightly deserves the appreciation that has been coming his way. Remarkably, the former Formula 2 champion is the only driver to finish consistently in the top 5 this season. The Briton has now managed to stay ahead of his teammate and stands P4 only in his debut season with Mercedes.
Hamilton, however, was not bailed by the Dutch driver. Tim criticized Hamilton furthermore and added, “Hamilton, on the other hand, plays the ball to Mercedes. But as a driver, you also have to think. Hamilton is too busy with his piercings, his jewelry, and other nonsense instead of the real race.” Hamilton, despite everything, has refused to back out from his FIA jewelry struggle. The driver has stated that his nose stud is difficult to remove and wishes for more exemptions.
The FIA also stands solid on its decision and might not yield to Hamilton’s requests. So what is your take on the whole situation? Is Hamilton making excuses?