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“Don’t Think Lewis Will Win Another Title”: Hamilton’s $127,000,000 Optimism Ripped Apart With Harsh Reality Check

Published 09/06/2023, 5:00 AM EDT

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What can a Formula 1 driver do when there is no end in sight of the downward spiral? Work harder and more efficiently? This is the dilemma that Lewis Hamilton finds himself in. Despite winning 7 World Championships, he is helpless and his fate depends on how Mercedes develops their 2024 car. Still, he has taken a leap of faith and signed a $127 million extension with them for another 2-year stay. However, his hopes have been torn to shreds by a former 3-time World Champion.

Formula 1 is not entirely a driver’s sport. The team plays a huge role in how the results pan out over a race calendar. That is why there is a constructor’s championship as well. So, Hamilton could be operating on the highest of levels, but if the Silver Arrows falter in car development, his decision to entrust them with his career revival goes down the drain. This is exactly what Sir Jackie Stewart has highlighted.

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In his latest interview, the ‘Flying Scot’ spoke about a variety of things, including Max Verstappen’s domination, changes in the sport, and Hamilton’s contract decision as well. The part that stood out was his claim that Hamilton would never be able to win the much-anticipated 8th World Title. Stewart told BILD, That also depends on Mercedes. It’s not impossible, but I still don’t think he’ll make it.

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If a 3-time World Champion can claim this with such belief, Hamilton is indeed in a fix. Another World Champion and his arch-nemesis believes that his mindset has also taken a hit.

Nico Rosberg highlights the rising struggles of Lewis Hamilton after the Italian GP collapse

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Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton are one pair that might never get along. They could have opinions that match on certain occasions, but overall, it’s a bitter rivalry. After the Italian GP failure for the Briton, Rosberg shined a light on how he was slowly descending into a downward spiral.

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FP1 at Monza was the only good thing that happened to Hamilton. After that, it all went downhill, with Qualifying being the worst racing session of the weekend. Commenting on that, Rosberg said, as quoted by Mirror, You can see he’s really down, he still hates to come behind his teammate. That’s still the case.”

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Yash Kotak

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Yash is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports. With a strong passion for communicating through written word and a keen interest in the world of motorsports, he thoroughly enjoys being a fan of F1 and covering it for other fans. Ever since he watched the 'INSIDE TRACKS' episode covering the 2018 German Grand Prix, he has fallen in love with the intriguingly complex world of F1.
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Akash Pandhare