Mercedes Director Shovlin Reckons Hamilton is Better Than Verstappen & Co. at Key F1 Aspect

Published 06/13/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – June 5, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton reacts after qualifying in second position Pool via REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov


There is no denying that Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton has enjoyed a comparatively faster car over the years, which has crucially helped him secure the world championship titles amidst threats from Ferrari and Red Bull.

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And certain people have constantly claimed that Hamilton lacks special on-track abilities, and rather embraced the services of the powerful Mercedes engine.

However, Mercedes’ trackside engineering director, Andrew Shovlin, doesn’t think so. Shovlin reckoned that Hamilton is still one of the best drivers on the grid, potentially even the one to beat.

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Furthermore, the Briton revealed a key aspect that makes Hamilton stand out amongst his rivals, including Max Verstappen.

What did the Mercedes engineer say?

As reported by Motorsport Total, Shovlin opined that tire management has been Hamilton’s one of the strongest suits, claiming his ability to be much better than any of his rivals.

He has the same tires as everyone else, but they slip and overheat the tires. The key is to keep the tires cool and the slip under control. I think he’s just better than the others at that,” he said.

Hamilton will be quite pleased to see himself just points away from the championship leader at the moment. This is because Red Bull have been the team to beat this season, with Verstappen, adding further woes to Mercedes’ troublesome 2021 campaign.

Formula One F1 – Azerbaijan Grand Prix – Baku City Circuit, Baku, Azerbaijan – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton in action during practice REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

Hence, with two in-form drivers racing each other for the title, the biggest question is, who is ultimately going to come ahead in this marathon? Regardless of who finishes first, the tale of the Hamilton-Verstappen is likely to extend into 2022 as well.

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Lewis Hamilton just takes the opportunity: Shovlin

The British engineer opened up that Hamilton is unlike the others when it comes to overtaking. He felt that the Briton never tailgates the car ahead persistently finding ways to leap ahead. Instead, Hamilton waits for the right moment to pounce and accomplishes it with perfection.

Lewis is very good at overtaking. He seems to know exactly how to position the car,” Shovlin said. “He doesn’t try lap after lap, he just takes the opportunity.”

Formula One F1 – Spanish Grand Prix – Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain – May 9, 2021 Red Bull’s Max Verstappen leads Mercedes’Lewis Hamilton at the start of the race REUTERS/Albert Gea

Overall, after a set of dream runs to the title, Hamilton is finally finding himself under pressure from Verstappen, who is aching to snatch his first F1 title.

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But, can Hamilton deny the Dutchman from winning the title this season, and consequently secure his record-breaking 8th title? Well, we’ll know soon enough.

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Rohit Kumar is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. He has been an ardent follower of the racing series since 2007, with his love for the sport coinciding with his love for Kimi Raikkonen. He is also an ardent follower of Sebastian Vettel and Aston Martin Racing.

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