Ralf Schumacher has disapproved of Mercedes’ treatment of Lewis Hamilton.
Hamilton was extensively defended by Mercedes after what happened at Silverstone. There, he collided with title rival Max Verstappen and sent him into the barriers. Whether he did it on purpose or by accident is still debatable. ‘
However, Schumacher believes there can be a different way of doing things, and that is to tell Hamilton the hard truth. He disapproved of Mercedes’ treatment of Hamilton in this regard, and stated that he is not special to warrant it.
In an interview with F1 Insider, Schumacher said, “I find the thin skin of the Mercedes front men particularly interesting when Lewis was criticised.
“It doesn’t matter what and how many titles someone has, we are all human, mistakes can be made. For me it was a mistake by Lewis, which of course had big consequences for Red Bull. I feel bad that you can’t talk about it openly.
“Lewis is not a monarch, he is still a human being who goes to the toilet like the rest of us,” he said.
The second half of the season is set to begin, and Schumacher predicts they will clash again. According to him, their rivalry is too intense to let one go past the other.
“The two will clash more often because neither wants to give way. The question that comes to my mind is first of all: what has Red Bull been able to do during the summer break?” he asked.
Mercedes have the momentum heading into the Belgian GP, but it would be foolish to write Red Bull off. The Milton-Keynes outfit has had the pace to match or beat Mercedes for most of the season.