Lewis Hamilton Explains Why He Complained on the Radio to Mercedes F1

Published 11/08/2021, 5:55 AM EST
Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads the Mexico City Gran Prix in the first lap REUTERS/Andres Stapff


The battle to Turn one has been highly thrilling this season; it is often talked about more than the race itself. And the Mexican Grand Prix was no different. With Max Verstappen behind the two Mercedes, one assumed that the advantage would be in the Silver Arrows’ hands. However, with braking being a crucial part of making the turn successfully, Lewis Hamilton revealed the W12 was not up to par with their rivals.

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Although Valtteri Bottas may have botched his turn 1 approach, Hamilton had issues with the corner all weekend. Often locking up and going off the track, there was some issue with the braking system in the Mercedes. Further, after the yellow flag was waved earlier in the race, Hamilton was heard complaining about the brakes in his Mercedes.

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Later, the defending champion divulged his problems. “I’ve been… went on twice in Turn 1 through practice, qualifying, locking, just our car, for some reason, this weekend has been quite poor in that area.”

This wasn’t the best situation to be in, especially when Mercedes entered the circuit at a disadvantage. “That’s a particular area in which they’re a lot stronger than us but of course when you put more load on the car, it does help but we couldn’t match them load-wise in terms of wing setting this weekend.”

Lewis Hamilton fancies a winning streak

Max Verstappen now holds a 19 point advantage over Lewis Hamilton. To make matters worse, Red Bull has caught with their rivals over the last three races; Mercedes holds Red Bull at bay by a single point. With both championships as close as it is, Hamilton knows it’s Hammer time.

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Although the phenomenon of team-favoring-circuits has had a bit of a blow, Brazil is a Red bull circuit. But Hamilton believes it’s time to start collecting victories again. “Naturally feel I need to be winning every race, because we need those extra points, not to lose those points, to try and regain.”

Formula One F1 – Mexico City Grand Prix – Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez, Mexico City, Mexico – November 7, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen celebrates on the podium after winning the race with second placed Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton REUTERS/Edgard Garrido

While Hamilton is starting to break a sweat now, Max Verstappen remains a cool cat, still unenthused till the final result. “There is a long way to go. It’s, of course, looking good but also it can turn around very quickly but I’m looking forward to Brazil. I have also very good memories there.”

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The championship is reaching its climax and with four more races to go, the excitement is at an all-time high. However, with a doubleheader ahead of us, it’s going to be quick and fast to the final race of the season.

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Shreya Sanjeev

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Shreya Sanjeev is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Having attained a journalism degree from St Xavier's College, she finds comfort in the sound of her keyboard while typing and excitement in the sound of F1 cars speeding on a track. A street circuit and Daniel Ricciardo fan through and through, Shreya claims the 2018 Monaco GP to be one of her favorite races of all time.

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