The 2021 Formula 1 season has been not been for the light hearted fans as race after race there have been unpredictable twists. One of them is Lewis Hamilton being the underdog against Max Verstappen. After not being able to clinch the podium in four races for the first time since his career. But how worried is Hamilton at this point of stage after trailing by 18 points to the Dutchman?
The Briton is hoping to become the most successful driver in history with an eighth world title, but now in his 15th season in F1, he’s has been left in the most precarious position after seven rounds, trailing title rival Verstappen by 18 points. It’s the first time Mercedes have really felt the heat from a rival team since 2018, when Sebastian Vettel took the fight to Hamilton with Ferrari, leading the standings early on.
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This season, we’ve seen something similar from Verstappen, who has led early on, but we’ve equally seen something quite different from Mercedes and Hamilton, who have been unable to muster any replies to Red Bull’s pace.
Not only that, but Hamilton is currently in talks with his team about continuing in the sport, with team principal Toto Wolff saying he couldn’t imagine that Hamilton wouldn’t race for Mercedes, adding that the 36-years-old was as eager as ever.
“He is very hungry,” Wolff said. “It’s a very new situation for him also in that it’s so tight in the battle with another team and another driver and he is in very good spirits.”
Monaco was the swing with the Dutchman taking control of the standings thanks to a tough weekend for Mercedes. Baku also lent itself nicely to Red Bull and despite Verstappen suffering a tyre blowout, the team still walked away leading both the driver and the team standings with no points scored by their main rivals.