‘Lewis Hamilton won’t walk away’: Former Mercedes boss Ross Brawn confirms British F1 champion is in search of an eighth world title and backs him to return stronger ahead of upcoming Spanish Grand Prix
- Former Mercedes boss Ross Brawn says Lewis Hamilton will return to racing
- Brawn claims Hamilton will be looking to collect an eighth world title this year
- The British racer has fallen well behind Mercedes teammate George Russell
- The seven-time champion placed sixth in the Miami Grand Prix earlier this month
Formula One managing director Ross Brawn claims that Lewis Hamilton will remain in racing and will be searching for an eighth world title either ‘this year’ or ‘next year’.
It’s been a frustrating season so far for the seven-time world champion as he finds himself almost 70 points behind leader Charles Leclerc down in sixth place following the Miami Grand Prix.
Hamilton has been struggling to adjust to Mercedes’ new W13 car and has fallen behind new teammate George Russell in four out of the five race weekends in 2022.
Lewis Hamilton will take to the track for Mercedes in the Spanish Grand Prix this month
Formula One managing director Ross Brawn backs Hamilton to win another world title
Despite his struggles, Ross Brawn backs the Brit to come good and potentially secure an eighth world title this year.
Brawn said: ‘These first few races he’s been looking for the solutions and, in doing so, he’s been ping-ponging around with different set-ups on the car, trying to reach the solutions.
‘He’s probably sacrificing the races in a way to try to get the information and data that the team can use to solve the problem.
‘That’s the feedback I get from the team while George is following a more conventional path… and Lewis is trying to set out to solve the problem.’
Mercedes have dropped away from front runners Ferrari and Red Bull – but Brawn backs his former team to turn things around soon.
Brawn suggests that Hamilton is trying to find solutions to his set-up with new Mercedes car
‘That’s why I think people saying George has outqualified and outraced him in the last few races can’t see the bigger picture.
‘Amid all the glitz and the glamour, you still have a very determined racing driver. He’s still supremely fit and capable. I’m pretty certain he wants to win that eighth championship and, if not this year as looks likely, then next year.
‘I don’t know enough about what Mercedes’ issues are to know if they can be fixed with the concept of car they have or whether they have to review the concept. They’ll sort it out I’m sure… but it’s obviously very fragile what they’re dealing with.’
Hamilton has his first shot at redemption in the upcoming Spanish Grand Prix starting in Barcelona this weekend.
Hamilton in action during the Miami Grand Prix where he eventually placed sixth