Wolff Reveals Lewis Hamilton Working ‘Morning Until Evening’ on the Simulator Ahead of British GP

Published 07/15/2021, 12:18 PM EDT
Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – July 15, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge


The recently concluded triple-header F1 race weekends witnessed Max Verstappen trounce Lewis Hamilton quite convincingly, which has never been the case since Nico Rosberg’s departure from F1. The Briton had rather embraced an incredibly dominant phase, until the start of 2021.

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However, for the first time in years, Hamilton’s Mercedes is on the back foot compared to rivals, Red Bull. Hence, the Briton has been desperately working outside his comfort zone in a bid to reclaim his throne from Verstappen.

One of them is driving on the simulator. Despite not being a fan of simulators, Hamilton has apparently been working day and night on it, according to Mercedes’ team principal, Toto Wolff.

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What did the Mercedes boss say?

As reported by The Sun, Wolff opened up that Hamilton is desperately looking for more pace in his Mercedes in a bid to close down the gap to his rival.

Lewis has become much stronger over the years. And I can see how hard he is working in helping the team progress the car,” he said.

He is having days in the simulator from the morning until the evening, which is not an exercise he particularly enjoyed in the past.

Formula One F1 – British Grand Prix – Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Britain – Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton during a promotional photoshoot for the unveiling of the new 2022 F1 car REUTERS/Andrew Couldridge

Being on the back foot and knowing that he can contribute to help us bounce back excites him,” Wolff added.

The 7-time world champion has never been a fan of simulators and usually avoids himself from ending up in front of the screen. Subsequently, the simulator work is usually done by former Sauber F1 driver, Esteban Gutierrez.

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Can Lewis Hamilton finally win against Verstappen at Silverstone?

The 7-time world champion started off the 2021 campaign on a flier, having secured 3 wins out of the initial 4 races. However, then arrived the resurgence from the Dutchman, who secured 4 wins out of the remaining 5 races.

Now, all eyes are on the upcoming race weekend number 10, set to unfold at Silverstone.

Formula One F1 – Steiermark Grand Prix – Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Styria, Austria – Red Bull’s Max Verstappen in action during the race Pool via REUTERS/Darko Vojinovic

Records suggest that Hamilton is the favorite at his home Grand Prix. But, when one looks at Red Bull’s dominant pace so far this year, a Verstappen win looks imminent.

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Hence, there are two strong factors supporting either of the title rivals going into the weekend. But, who is ultimately going to finish ahead by the end of this weekend?

Will Verstappen continue to show his class against Hamilton? Or will the homeboy manage to find a way through the pacy Red Bull driver? Only time will tell.

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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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