Hamilton and Mercedes at odds over 2022 car – “We are not developing like the past”

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes are at odds over the 2022 car and its development process.

The upcoming season will see new regulations implemented into the sport. The cars developed for next year will have to be tailor-made to suit those rules. Teams this season have spent way more time on their 2022 cars.

Hamilton revealed that he wanted to go in a particular direction regarding developing the 2022 Mercedes car. However, that was dismissed by Mercedes for looking towards the future challenge.

As a result, Hamilton and Mercedes are at odds over the 2022 car and its development process. The seven-time champion said that the development is not like that of the past.

“We’re not developing like we have in the past,” he told Sky Sports in Turkey.

Lewis Hamilton speaking to the press. Turkey October 2021
Hamilton (pictured) said Mercedes didn’t back his proposed direction. Source: planetf1.com

“In terms of direction, there’s been a direction I’ve wanted to go but we can’t because we are focused on next year’s car.”

Current prospects

Hamilton also talked about his current W12, and stated that they are meeting their match in Red Bull, who are proving to be a tough nut to crack.

“I mean, by this time, if you don’t know your car and you don’t know how to get the maximum out of the car, I don’t know what you’ve been doing,” he said.

“I was hoping for a bit of a stronger second half (of the season), but up until now, they’ve (Red Bull) just been too strong, you know? They’ve been so strong in so many races.

“He (Max Verstappen) was already in sixth or seventh place from last (place at the Russian GP) in the last race by lap 20. It shows just how strong the car is, no problem passing anybody. We have to face that.

“They’ve developed for longer than us this year, they’ve brought more upgrades. I think they’ve brought upgrades to every race, to a point. I don’t know if they still are but we haven’t brought an upgrade since Silverstone.

“We are just trying to maximise what we have and that’s the challenge, but we are giving it everything we can,” he concluded.

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