The 2023 Formula 1 season is in full swing. Red Bull Racing has continued its dominance from the previous year as both Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez bagged a race win each. On the other hand, the situation looks grim for 7-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and the now struggling Mercedes team. After the Saudi Arabian GP, the 38-year-old highlighted the sheer pace of the Austrian team.
Lewis Hamilton finished P5 in the second round of the season. The British driver at one stage was being followed by Verstappen as the Dutchman started P15 in the Grand Prix. Unfortunately, the Mercedes driver was a sitting duck compared to the all-conquering RB-19. Accordingly, the Red Bull driver breezed past Hamilton on the straight.
The 38-year-old pointed out this incident after the race. Lewis Hamilton mentioned this to be the largest pace advantage he has witnessed in F1. Hamilton said, “I’ve definitely never seen a car so fast. I think when we were fast, we weren’t that fast. I think it’s the fastest car I’ve seen, especially compared to the rest.” The British driver claims the pace of the Adrian Newey-designed challenger to be more than even the dominant Mercedes cars between 2014 and 2016.
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“2014 would like a word” – Fans remind Lewis Hamilton about Mercedes’s unchallenged years in F1
These comments made by the 38-year-old did not go well with fans on Twitter. Users were quick to highlight the fact that the Silver Arrows dominated Formula 1 since the start of the turbo-hybrid era. Lewis Hamilton won six world titles between 2014 and 2020, with only teammate Nico Rosberg preventing the Brit from the 2016 world title. One user pointed this out and wrote, “After all his cars from 14/15/16/19/20.”
Similarly, another fan brought attention to Mercedes’s domination in F1. The fan replied, “2014 would like a word.” Former F1 driver and presenter Karun Chandhok too expressed his opinion. The Indian driver stated, “it’s certainly a dominant car but let’s not forget that at the opening race in 2015, Lewis outqualified the best non-Mercedes by 1.4 seconds…”
One fan presented the statistics on Twitter. The fan pointed out the fact that the Silver Arrows won over 100 races between 2014 and 2020 in Formula 1. The fan commented, “Mercedes won 103 races out of 138 between 2014 to 2020 inclusively most of them by 20s or more to the opposition.” At the same time, another user speculated about Lewis Hamilton’s poor memory. The user replied, “He’s got a short memory.”
Thus, F1 Twitter is not pleased with Lewis Hamilton’s comments. The British driver has grown frustrated after a rough start to the new season with the Mercedes W13. For now, the 38-year-old has no choice but to continue working with his team in trying to get the best out of the car. At the same time, Max Verstappen aims to win a third consecutive world title this season.
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