“Gone Through So Much”: Ex-Ferrari Boss Sympathizes With Hamilton’s Plight Amid Attempts to Dethrone Verstappen

Published 09/09/2023, 9:30 AM EDT

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Do you recall Lewis Hamilton sitting by himself in utter disbelief after he lost the 2021 championship? The blood sweat and tears of the whole season resulted in a lost championship within just a lap. As Hamilton tries to make amends, continue with his dream, and dethrone Max Verstappen, an ex-Ferrari Boss turned journalist rises to the occasion and sympathizes with the 7X champion’s plight.

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Max Verstappen has been the dominant force in F1 ever since the Dutchman took home his first championship and handed Lewis Hamilton a scathing defeat under controversial circumstances. Ever since Hamilton has been trying to get back up and fight with the now 2X champion to get his 8th title. While the Briton seems to have recovered from the fall, Mercedes are nowhere near Red Bull’s pace. 

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Despite Hamilton’s various attempts to put Mercedes on the right track, Max Verstappen’s dominance just seems too much to handle at the moment. Amid this sorry situation, former Ferrari manager Peter Windsor has come up with sympathy for the 7X champion. As Windsor talked about Max Verstappen’s dominance in the Red Bull, he advised how it is difficult for the Briton to rise back to the same level that he was in during the late 2010s. 

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As Peter Windsor sympathized with Hamilton in his YouTube video, he said, “For me it’s a difficult ask now, for Lewis to get back to that level. Because he’s just gone through so much, in his career, in his age. I know he has resigned with Mercedes, so in theory, that should give him a lot more stability in his approach from here on. But if Mercedes continues to be a difficult car, doesn’t matter how good he is, he’s not going to be able to do much with it.”

However, Hamilton isn’t one who backs down from a challenge. The Briton has signed a 2-year deal with Mercedes and looks forward to winning his 8th title.

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Lewis Hamilton never gives up. Like his motto suggests, “Still we rise”. The Briton recently advised that it doesn’t matter to him where he finishes this year. His and Mercedes’ focus is on the next year, where they aim to challenge the Red Bull for the title contention. Toto Wolff backed Hamilton’s words by advising that Mercedes is about winning and challenging for the titles.

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As the Brit signed a new 2-year extension with Mercedes, he advised that he still has some unfinished business, pointing a finger toward ending the Max Verstappen dominance and beating the Dutchman to win his 8th title. 

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During Thursday’s press conference at the Italian GP, Lewis Hamilton said, “Honestly, I couldn’t be happier to be extending with this team. Mercedes have supported me since I was 13 years old, so such a long trip, and we still have unfinished business. We are in this together. We have a lot of work to do to get ourselves back to the front, but there is no place I would rather be.”

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Pranay Bhagi

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Pranay Bhagi is an F1 writer at EssentiallySports, who has always been passionate about sports and writing. With a degree from a prestigious institute, he has channeled his enthusiasm into sports journalism, particularly F1, a sport that has captivated him for over a decade. Pranay's deep-rooted love for the sport began during the Sebastian Vettel era, and he has been following it religiously ever since.
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