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Irvine: I doubt Hamilton can fulfil dream of eighth F1 title

Irvine: I doubt Hamilton can fulfil dream of eighth F1 title lewis winner

The era of Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton winning Formula 1 titles is over even if Toto Wolff’s team can provide their seven-time F1 World Champion with a winning car Eddie Irvine doubts an eighth title is attainable for the Briton.

Since the new F1 aero age kicked in at the start of 2022 Mercedes got it all wrong, on the technical side, as did Ferrari (and all the other teams to varying degrees) while Red Bull’s design team led by Adrian Newey delivered two masterpieces with the formidable RB18 (2022) and last season’s almost unbeatable RB19, with the excellence of Max Verstappen the common denominator.

The harsh reality is that former serial winners – Mercedes – won only one race during the past two years, when George Russell scored his first GP win in Sao Paulo, in 2022. Last year Lewis and George combined to bag eight podiums, but none of them for maximum points.

Nevertheless, in a season of Red Bull plus Verstappen dominance, Mercedes were still second best albeit scoring less than half the points that RBR accumulated during the 2023 F1 World Championship season.

Speaking to Gazzetta dello Sport last week, Irvine ventured: “The era of Hamilton and Mercedes victories is now over. Lewis is still a very good race driver, fully focused on his goals and always looking to score good results.

“He’s still great behind the wheel of an F1 car, even if the comparison with Verstappen is difficult because Max is younger, has a bit more speed and a great belief in his own ability,” explained Irvine.

Eddie: Lewis can definitely win one or more races

irvine on hamiltonMEXICO CITY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 29: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing, Second placed Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes, Third placed Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari and Richard Wolverson of Red Bull Racing celebrate on the podium after the F1 Grand Prix of Mexico at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez on October 29, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

StasF1 show that Hamilton’s incredible run of victories are pegged at 103 since he last scored a win at the 2021 Saudi Arabian Grand Prix. Last year the serial pole position winner managed one P1 start, to take his career tally of top-spot starts to 104.

The only thing that would set Hamilton apart and declare him the undisputed F1 G.O.A.T. (for now) in terms of statistics, is an eighth world title. Currently, he is tied with Michael Schumacher on seven.

Irvine continued: “If Toto Wolff’s team builds a fast car again Lewis can definitely win one or more races, which he has been unable to do these past two seasons. With his experience, he has shown that he knows how to take advantage of every opportunity, that is available to him, both in qualifying and in the race.

“However, I doubt he can win the F1 title again and fulfil his dream of an eighth title championship,” was 58-year-old Irvine’s harsh reality check for the Briton.

Irvine is a four-time Grand Prix winner, all the Irishman’s victories were scored with Ferrari.

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