Lewis Hamilton has endured a turbulent begin to the 2022 F1 season, mendacity sixth within the drivers’ standings having amassed simply 36 factors from 5 Grand Prix races
Fernando Alonso thinks former rival Lewis Hamilton is driving “nearly as good as he has been” since becoming a member of Mercedes, regardless of his nightmare begin to the season.
Hamilton, 37, is mendacity sixth within the drivers’ standings on simply 36 factors after 5 races. He did open the marketing campaign with a podium third-placed end in Bahrain, however has since been markedly off the tempo set by front-runners Ferrari and Crimson Bull.
He endured a humiliating second in Saudi Arabia when he was eradicated in Q1, and will solely end tenth within the race itself. Imola bought worse nonetheless, solely ok for thirteenth place, exterior the factors, and to compound issues he was lapped by final season’s title rival and race winner, Max Verstappen.
Hamilton joined the Silver Arrows in 2013 and, after ending fourth in his first season underneath Toto Wolff, he then launched into a interval of dominance. He went on to assert the world title in six of the eight years that adopted, with two exceptions coming in 2016 and 2021.
On each these events, most notably the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix final 12 months, he was runner-up after taking the battle to the ultimate race of the season. However having already written off his possibilities this time round, Hamilton is in new territory at Mercedes – however Alonso believes the driving force himself is not responsible.
“Typically you’ve a greater automotive, generally you haven’t such a very good automotive and you continue to have to struggle and make some progress,” he instructed the BBC. This 12 months we see that the driving force is essential in F1 however not essential.
“He was dominating the game and breaking all of the information and 100-and-something pole positions. And now he’s doing a mega lap – as he stated in Australia or someplace like that – and he’s one second behind. So, yeah – welcome.”
Hamilton’s struggles have appeared extra mystifying by dint of the truth that George Russell is discovering some type within the W13. Regardless of not but severely difficult for a race win, Russell has secured a top-five end in each Grand Prix to date and sits fourth on 59 factors.
However Alpine driver Alonso, himself a two-time champion, would not assume the teen can be in entrance of his extra esteemed accomplice for lengthy: “George has been very quick in the previous few years and I believe everybody was anticipating him to be a troublesome competitor for Lewis,” added the Spaniard.
“However I nonetheless imagine Lewis will finally end the championship in entrance. That is only a five-race championship, however finally when issues are extra difficult or [there are] tough conditions, Lewis will nonetheless have extra expertise and perhaps extra expertise.”
Alonso himself is aware of all about partnering Hamilton, though he was very a lot senior driver in the course of the British icon’s rookie 2007 season. The pair famously feuded throughout their 12 months at McLaren, after which Alonso was granted an early launch from his contract.
The 2 have since patched up their variations, and each now discover themselves on the again foot in 2022. Alonso has simply two factors to his title, while teammate Esteban Ocon has 24.