British GP: Hamilton Responds to Ecclestone’s Suggestions of Him Being Past His Best

Published 07/16/2021, 7:28 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Austrian Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – July 1, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Lewis Hamilton has responded to the criticism from former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone. Ecclestone had claimed that the 7-time world champion Hamilton is quite the fighter he was in F1 right now.


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The Mercedes driver has recently signed a new two-year deal with the German driver. But the former F1 boss believes Hamilton is making a mistake as his time in F1 is up as he is getting older.

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I’m definitely not the driver I was at the beginning, I’m better: Hamilton

As reported by Formula Passion, Hamilton at the press conference of the British Grand Prix hit back at the claims made by Bernie Ecclestone. He acknowledged his age and gave back to Bernie’s criticism with a fitting reply.

I didn’t know about these statements until I arrived at the circuit,” said the 7-time world champion.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton arrives with his dog Roscoe ahead of the British Grand Prix REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

I’m definitely not the driver I was at the beginning, I’m better and I know myself better than before,” responded Hamilton to Bernie’s claim that he is not the driver he was before.


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Lewis is not quite the fighter that he was: Bernie Ecclestone

Ecclestone had earlier stated in an interview that Hamilton left him disappointed by his recent performances. He had also stated that because of his age, Lewis is not the same fighter that he once was.


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“I have spoken to lots of people about this and perhaps Lewis is not quite the fighter that he was,” said Ecclestone.

SPA, BELGIUM – August 22: F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone looks on in the paddock during qualifying for the Formula One Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps on August 22, 2015, in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images)

“There are lots of occasions this year where he could have done better and he hasn’t. He hasn’t had any competition, the equipment has always been super, and he hasn’t really had to make the effort,” said the former F1 Boss.


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Lewis would be 39 years old after his recent contract expires at the end of the 2023 season.Is Ecclestone’s criticism of Hamilton right? Comment below to let us know.

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