Mercedes star driver Lewis Hamilton is not enjoying the best of times in Formula 1 this season.
The seven-time world champion has had to endure one of his worst starts to a season and was forced to retire in Q1 for the first time in 5 years at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix.
Starting from the back, Hamilton was only successful in finishing the race in 10th position, thereby earning a solitary point for his efforts.
It could’ve been much better for the 37-year-old, who stormed off the blocks to reach 6th position at one point in the race, only to lose out on valuable points and finish P10. This can be attributed to a poor strategic call from Mercedes.
The Stevenage-born Hamilton gave a valiant account of his abilities behind the wheels and drove without pitting for close to 40 laps.
Did Mercedes miss a trick in delayed pitstop?
Mercedes may well have missed a trick in leaving him out on the track without a pitstop for so long. His teammate George Russell seemed to be doing alright, but Hamilton’s luck ran out on him.
While there was a belief that he could take a parc ferme and start after the rest of the line-up, he said that there were barely any improvements in the car.
“What I know is that today I couldn’t keep up with the Haas at the end,” Hamilton said.
“Whatever power they have, they came flying. It didn’t seem that way when I overtook Magnussen early on in the race.”
Being in such a position is not something that Hamilton would be all that used to.
Having won a number of world championships in recent years, he will hope that Mercedes soon finds an answer to its problems before the gap at the top of the table becomes insurmountable.
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