‘Lewis Hamilton needs car confidence, is not a technician like Michael Schumacher’

Lewis Hamilton is not a technician like Michael Schumacher according to one particular of the Brit’s previous colleagues.

Philipp Brändle is an aerodynamicist who spent six decades at Mercedes working on Hamilton’s cars and trucks so is a pretty excellent decide of how the 7-time World Champion operates.

The previous Mercedes staff member has been talking of Hamilton’s issues during a year in which he finds himself 75 factors powering Championship leader Max Verstappen.

In the seven races of 2022, Hamilton has completed on the podium just after and when George Russell has shown an capacity to get the most out of an underperforming car or truck, Brändle said that Hamilton performs best when he has confidence in the car or truck.

“Lewis requires to have confidence in the vehicle, which is really important to him,” Brändle reported, as noted by speedweek.com. “He’s not like [Michael] Schumacher and does not have the technological track record. But he can experience the vehicle significantly very well.


Brändle was also fast to not rule Hamilton out of this year’s title race, commenting that he was 32 factors behind the chief final calendar year in advance of combating his way again to the leading in considerably less races.

Mercedes appeared to have turned a corner in Spain in regards to their troubles with the W13 but very last time out in Monaco, they yet again located on their own missing speed.

Russell finished 11.968 seconds off race winner Sergio Perez when Hamilton was 50.388 at the rear of the Mexican.

Mercedes’ trackside engineering director Andrew Shovlin explained the Monaco circuit “highlighted our weaknesses.”

“It’s been a aggravating weekend for the crew and drivers,” he wrote in Mercedes post-race debrief. “We weren’t any where in close proximity to brief plenty of on a single lap but even in the race we did not have enough tempo.

“George did a great position to get P5 from Lando on the dry transition and also to hold him driving at the end of the race the good news is, he was only there for one lap. Lewis had a challenging time sandwiched amongst the Alpines for most of the race – we just couldn’t locate a way of placing him in cost-free air without him needing to overtake which is in close proximity to unachievable.

“It also seemed that the cold disorders had been producing life fairly tough for the tyres and both of those our autos dropped off towards the conclusion of the race. We’ve evidently got perform to do in advance of Baku as there are a lot of similarities between the cornering sections and this keep track of has highlighted our weaknesses.”