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Out of nowhere, the floodgates opened at the 2023 Singapore GP for Mercedes to roll down the years and steal an emphatic win at the Marina Bay Circuit. After a late VSC, the duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell pitted for fresh mediums. And thus began their charge towards the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz Jr. But this is 2023, and in the new era of the Silver Arrows, Russell has been often ahead of Hamilton. But did the Brit ruin his 7x champion teammate’s evening?

Well, Russell did ruin his own race as he crashed out of the Singapore GP on the very last lap, which left him utterly broken, as he tried to find a way through Lando Norris with Hamilton hounding him from behind. But according to ex-Ferrari manager, Peter Windsor, with the evidence on record, Russell’s late charge during yesterday’s race actually cost Hamilton a shot at victory.

George Russell blamed for ruining Hamilton’s shot at the Singapore GP win

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Both the Mercedes cars were rapid on their medium tire stint towards the end of the race. But even then, Hamilton, though behind Russell, looked far racier than his counterpart. Alas, as he was stuck behind Russell until he crashed, Hamilton could only muster a 3rd placed finish. But according to Windsor, if Russell had moved away, Hamilton would’ve been a Grand Prix winner for the first time since Jeddah, 2021.

On his YouTube channel, Windsor explained, “I think if George [Russell] had been behind Lewis [Hamilton], and Lewis had driven the stint he did on the new mediums, I think he might have won it because his tires were in a better shape at the end than George’s.”

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It seems as though that 104th win wants to elude the 38-year-old. And with the odds stacked against him, only he himself can manifest a turnaround.

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How often have we seen a fall from grace in F1 and the driver has never really been able to recover? Well, almost always. However, Lewis Hamilton isn’t like any other driver. That being said, even though Hamilton has proclaimed in the past that, “I will win again,” is he just in denial?

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Mercedes isn’t the team they were before. And Hamilton admits it. He was quoted by Formula1.com as saying, “Of course, in 2021 when we were here, we were hoping to be fighting for another world championship,” at the 2023 season opener in Bahrain.

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Is Hamilton’s and Mercedes’ glory days in the rear-view mirror? Or can Lewis Hamilton gee his team back to the front of the pack once again?

 

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Anirban Aly Mandal is a senior F1 writer at EssentiallySports, with over 1000 articles published on the platform. Anirban's love for F1 started when he discovered a copy of F1 2014 while playing on his computer, and he has since then dived deep into the world of motorsports. Anirban's expertise goes beyond just writing - he has also written several academic papers focused on the domain of motorsports.
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