Honda’s decision to leave Formula 1 has spurred a lot of controversy in F1’s direction toward technological advancements. In the wake of these developments, Lewis Hamilton recently stressed on the need for change. He opined that the sport needed to move towards making a positive impact on the planet as well.
During a press conference, Lewis was asked about his views on Honda’s announcement and how it could affect the sport. “I heard that they’re leaving, but I have not read about it. So I don’t know what the reasons are. It’s definitely sad to see them leaving.
“As a sport, we have a long way to go and have a lot of work to do to move forward, towards more of a positive impact I think on the planet,” said the 6-time World Champion.
“But I think what Mercedes have just come out with in terms of their long-term goals, the responsibility of the industry is to push technology. And this is at the forefront of the technology innovation. But I think changes need to come, that’s for sure moving forwards.
“But I think Mercedes have shown that they are committed to being a part of the change and pushing the technology. I think that’s working,” Lewis said.
His teammate, Valtteri Bottas, was also posed the same question, and he mentioned that he had no idea about the reasons for Honda’s exit. However, he was also of the opinion that new engine manufacturers are always welcome as long as they make the sport interesting.
Lewis Hamilton has looked solid over the course of this entire season. The only thing that has managed to spoil his races were the penalties. But one cannot expect a similarly dominant performance from the Mercedes man at Nurburgring, with conditions being entirely different from what the teams have faced up until now.
Red Bull’s star driver, Max Verstappen, has remained within an arm’s length from the Mercedes duo this season despite the power disadvantage in his car.
Therefore, Max’s current run of form in coupled with the predicted rainy conditions could play in his favor and help him best Mercedes at the Nurburgring and secure his second win of this season.