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Fittipaldi: Mercedes and Hamilton will be back strong

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While we wait and see if seven-time Formula 1 World Champion Lewis Hamilton has the motivation to lift himself and his team from a dreadful start to the 2022 season, Brazilian motor racing legend Emerson Fittipaldi believes Mercedes will be back strong.

Hamilton’s struggles, particularly during the Sprint Race weekend at Imola, are well documented, but the rot began at the start of the season when Mercedes rolled out the innovative but woeful W13. Hamilton gave it his best shot in the opening races placing the car where it had no right being and also keeping the #63 Silver Arrow in check.

But since then his struggles have taken a twist, magnified by George Russell doing a superior job in the sister car; clearly and understandably, two drivers at different stages of their careers, Hamilton nothing to prove and Russell all to do.


Hence begs the inevitable question: Can Lewis remain motivated running out of the points in probably the worst car he has ever driven in F1?

Fittipaldi: Mercedes work hard and they’ll come back

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But Fittipaldi told VegasInsider that he expects Hamilton to bounce back from the slump while acknowledging the good work being done by Russell: “It’s interesting to see George running ahead of Lewis.

“At the beginning of the year, Lewis came from the back and made very good results, better than George Russell. So he’s there, but I think it’s just the circumstances that were completely against him at Imola. He’ll be back strong,” Fittipaldi predicted.

How strong Hamilton comes back is highly dependent on the car, but Fittipaldi believes Mercedes have the pedigree and experience to turn around their worst season in memory: “As they said in a conversation,n on the radio after the race, both Toto Wolf and Lewis were saying: now have to work hard. They work hard and they’ll come back.”

“If you compare Mercedes to McLaren, they both have the same engine. But McLaren is running much faster than Mercedes. That means it’s not the engine, but also the chassis. There’s something there to be improved, for sure. “

“And George is good. I mean, we all know that he’s a young talent and very good. And he’s going to be running together with Lewis. The speed is there.”

Fittipaldi: McLaren will improve with every race

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Fittipaldi’s former team McLaren, with whom he won his second F1 crown in 1974, are enjoying something of a renaissance, emerging this year as the best Mercedes powered car even better than the works variant which has not been the case since 2014.

Regarding the Woking outfit, Fittipaldi said: “I think McLaren, talking to Zak Brown, McLaren is working hard to develop. The new rules, the new car, I think they’ve improved.”

“I think you can see, normally, they’re the most consistent Mercedes engine car. They’re always ahead in the positions of other Mercedes powered cars. That means the chassis is not bad, the mechanics are not bad. Mercedes has improved the engine.”

Perhaps tapping into inside information, Fittipaldi revealed: “Working in the same direction, they are going to improve for sure. I think McLaren will be more and more competitive at every new grand prix. I would say after Monaco, they should be extremely competitive. This is my personal opinion.”

“McLaren started on the third row of cars (at Imola). That means they’re good, they’re fast and they’re consistent cars.”

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Fittipaldi will be a busy man at this weekend’s Miami Grand Prix, the double F1 World Champion roped in as an ambassador for the race, along with Mario Andretti and Juan Pablo Montoya, and said ahead of the race: “Now. I’m looking forward to being in Miami. I’m going there, and it will be the first time there will be a Miami Grand Prix in Formula 1. I think it’ll be a great event in Miami for sure.”

“There’s so much excitement and high expectations. It will be good for Formula 1 to be in America. I’m looking forward to a great event in Miami for sure.

“We have to say our thanks to “Ralf Sanchez for working hard many years ago to build the foundation that makes it possible to bring Formula 1 to Miami.

“He’s not with us anymore, but he was the one starting everything. This Grand Prix will be in this memory,” concluded Fittipaldi who won the United States Grand Prix once, in 1970 at Watkins Glen – only his fourth as an F1 driver.