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Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton

Ecclestone: Hamilton is not the racer he was

Bernie Ecclestone, Lewis Hamilton

Former F1 big boss Bernie Ecclestone claims that reigning Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has lost the edge and is no longer the driver he once was.

Mercedes and their superstar driver have yet to win a grand prix this season. Hamilton himself is not happy with his own form and took time out in California to “recharge and reset” before travelling to Baku.

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Ecclestone told Sky Sports, “He doesn’t seem to be the Lewis that he was before. I don’t know whether it’s me – but when you talk to him and see him act the way he acts generally, he’s not the racer he was.”

“He’s still very quick, still super talented, still a super nice guy. But maybe he just getting a little bit tired of travelling and he’s fed up with things.”

Hamilton has yet to ink a contract extension with Mercedes, but both parties have said that this is a mere formality. It is believed that Hamilton is pushing for a two-year deal and a $10-million per year pay rise.

“I thought Lewis would win every race, so I’ve been proved wrong. It would be nice to see Sebastian win because he’s a mate of mine and I support him always. So I hope he can get the job done,” added Ecclestone.

Big Question: Why is Bernie stirring the pot?