Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes stay firmly dedicated to one another, regardless of a tricky begin to their 2022 marketing campaign, workforce boss Toto Wolff has confirmed.
The dominant workforce of the last decade, Mercedes struggled to adapt to an enormous regulation overhaul carried out at the beginning of the season.
After 13 races, Hamilton is but to file a race win this season – the deepest he is ever gone right into a season with no win in his profession.
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After ending third on the season opener in Bahrain – albeit after late retirements to the 2 Crimson Bulls – Hamilton was bundled out of Q1 in Saudi Arabia and scored only a single level within the race. He then endured a dismal displaying at Imola, the place he completed thirteenth.
A lot of the workforce’s early struggles might be attributed to the extreme porpoising the workforce have been struggling.
To make issues even worse for the seven-time world champion, younger teammate George Russell has completed no decrease than fifth all season, save for his solely retirement on the British grand prix.
Mercedes have now acquired on high of the worst of the porpoising points, and Hamilton has strung collectively 5 successive podiums because the Canadian grand prix in June.
On the backside of Hamilton’s hunch, there was some hypothesis he could go away the workforce – and even announce his retirement from the game – in a transfer that might not have been too dissimilar to Sebastian Vettel on the finish of 2014.
It was a suggestion Wolff has now dismissed.
“Lewis and I, even when the season would have gone improper, we’d have no less than below the precept of hope, stayed collectively subsequent 12 months,” he advised Motorsport.com.
“I have not been in contact actively or reactively (with anybody) a few drive with us going ahead.”
Each Hamilton and Russell are locked in at Mercedes till the tip of 2023.
Wolff mentioned as soon as the extent of the Brackley squad’s struggles turned clear, Hamilton went by way of a interval of acceptance of the workforce’s “new actuality”.
“That is actually not a joyful expertise, however after the primary few races, he was very particular,” Wolff mentioned.
“He acquired settled in a scenario that was all about how can we transfer this automotive again to the entrance.
“And even after I was not at my finest, he was essentially the most optimistic particular person within the room, constructing everybody up even when driving this automotive is a handful.
“In December, we raced for a world championship, and 4 months later, we now have a automotive that’s not championship materials.
“So everybody – drivers, engineers, administration – want to only discover the bottom and say, ‘OK, that is the fact now, what are we doing about it?’
“You may’t simply flip the change and say, ‘OK, no downside, we will work ourselves out of it’.”
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