Lewis Hamilton Excited by Prospect of McLaren Joining F1 Title Fight in 2021

Published 12/17/2020, 7:45 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Third placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during the press conference after the race FIA/Handout via REUTERS


Things are looking really bright for Mclaren. With results falling into place for them at the Abu Dhabi GP, they finished 3rd in the F1 Constructor’s Championship. This is their highest position on the table since the dawn of the Turbo-Hybrid era.

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And to make it merrier, they will switch to Mercedes engines from next season. The power unit of the German manufacturer is class-leading and will definitely make the car faster. Even though Renault is doing a fair job right now, it is no match for the Brixworth-supplied units.

FILE PHOTO: McLaren Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (L) overtakes Mercedes Formula One driver Michael Schumacher of Germany during the Monaco F1 Grand Prix May 29, 2011.
Courtesy: Reuters

McLaren’s last World Championship came with their academy graduate and now 7-time champion, Lewis Hamilton. And the Briton hopes it gives them the boost they need to contend for the title, eventually. Expressing his happiness with his alma mater, he said,

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“I’m really happy to see the McLaren so close, particularly with how they’ve got changes and they’re using our engine next year.

“It’s great to see that at the end of the year with a good car so that they can perhaps be in the fight with us next year. If that makes it a three-way team championship, I think that would be amazing for the fans to see.”

Mclaren looking forward to the partnership

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The two teams go back a long way. Mercedes supplied engines for Mclaren from 1995 to 2014. In fact, the Woking outfit’s last constructor’s title also came with them. Their hopes of repeating that success depends on the integration of the power units into the cars. And according to Team Principal Andreas Seidl, it is going to plan.

“In terms of the co-operation we have for the partnership with Mercedes, it started really very well… The integration of the Mercedes power unit is going really well and I’m sure we will be in good shape next year from the first race onwards.”

Formula One F1 – Abu Dhabi Grand Prix – Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – December 11, 2020 McLaren’s Carlos Sainz Jr. during practice Giuseppe Cacace/Pool via REUTERS

The sky is looking clear and shiny for Mclaren. Not only will they have top engines but also a top driver in Daniel Ricciardo next season. The title may be a pipe dream for 2021 but they must continue their upwards trajectory if they wish to make it into a reality in the next few years.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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