The most noteworthy spectacle of the 2022 season is the shortcoming of the Mercedes and their star driver, Lewis Hamilton. For the past 8 years, Mercedes has developed the best package on the grid which has helped them claim the constructors world championship each year. Out of the 8 years, Lewis Hamilton has won 6 drivers world championship in his career at the German team. This had set them as the favourites to dominate again in a year with new rules and regulations.
The 2022 Mercedes car has underperformed on track and Hamilton has been off the pace in many races. The Alpine driver, Fernando Alonso related with the drawbacks that the seven time world champion is facing. The Spaniard is no stranger to an underperforming package as he himself has been on the peak of Formula 1 by winning two titles in 2005 and 2006. Currently, driving for the French constructor, he is locked in the midfield battle with Hamilton.
Fernando Alonso praises Lewis Hamilton’s Formula 1 dominance
In 2007, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton formed the driver lineup at McLaren. The two Formula 1 champions remain familiar of each others racing style for about 15 years now. The Spaniard spoke highly about the Brit by saying “Lewis is driving as good as he has been the last eight years. He was dominating the sport and breaking all the records and 100-and-something pole positions. To have more than 100 pole positions in F1 is something unthinkable. You need to have the best car and package for many, many years.”
The two time world champion commented on Hamilton’s struggled by saying “Now he is doing a mega lap – as he said in Australia or somewhere like that – and he is one second behind. So, yeah – welcome. This is F1. It is not going to be a fair sport in terms of numbers. This is a team sport more than anything and we tend to forget this, especially when we have success. We are so happy for what we are achieving that even if we try to share with the team, all the headlines are for the driver.”
The Spanish driver concluded by adding “I still believe Lewis will eventually finish the championship in front. This is just a five-race championship, but eventually when things are more tricky or difficult situations, Lewis will still have more experience and maybe more talent.” In a season with 17 races yet to unfold, Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes look to bounce back from a poor start to the 2022 campaign.