Formula 1 boss Ross Brawn insists Lewis Hamilton has no intention of retiring
Ross Brawn, the managing director of Formula One, does not believe Lewis Hamilton, the seven-time World Champion, is considering retirement.
Hamilton controversially missed out on a record-breaking eighth championship on the penultimate lap of the 2021 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, but he returned for the 2022 season apparently more eager than ever to rewrite history.
However, a poor performance from his Mercedes W13 during the first six rounds has put him out of contention for the championship, with the Briton currently ranked P6 in the standings.
In those early rounds, Hamilton has also had his share of frustrations, the most recent being a disagreement between the driver and the team about who was accountable for making a vital strategy decision during the Miami Grand Prix.
There is renewed speculation over Hamilton's future, with some speculating that he would retire from Formula One at the conclusion of the season, or perhaps sooner.
Brawn, on the other hand, feels Hamilton is still focused on winning his seventh championship, which would put him above of Michael Schumacher.
"You still have a very driven racing driver amid all the glitz and glamour," Brawn told the Evening Standard.
"He's still in great shape and capable." I'm very sure he wants to win his seventh championship, if not this year, then next year, as seems inevitable.
"I don't know enough about Mercedes' problems to say whether they can be solved with the automobile concept they have or whether they need to rethink the concept." I'm sure they'll figure it out... But what they're dealing with is obviously quite delicate."
In the standings, Hamilton is also behind his new teammate George Russell, despite the fact that the timing of Safety Car periods cost Hamilton dearly in three of the first five races.
Russell, on the other hand, was the clear stronger performer at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, finishing P4 while Hamilton got mired in the 'DRS train' and failed to score points.
However, Brawn recognises that Hamilton is jeopardising his own races in order to gather data for Mercedes and discover solutions to their problems, leaving Russell free to pursue a "more conventional course."
“These first few races he’s been looking for the solutions and in doing so, he’s been ping-ponging around with different set-ups on the car, trying to reach the solutions,” said Brawn of Hamilton’s strategy.
“He’s probably sacrificing the races in a way to try to get the information and data the team can use to solve the problem.
"That's the message I'm getting from the team, whereas George is taking a more traditional route...
and Lewis is attempting to address the issue.
"That's why I believe those who claim George has outqualified and outraced him in recent races are missing the greater picture."
Lewis Hamilton said he was not defeatist after fighting back from the back of the grid to finish fifth in the Spanish Grand Prix.
Hamilton radioed Mercedes engineer Pete Bonnington shortly after returning to the track in 19th place to recommend that the team spare the engine on his vehicle.
Bonnington told Hamilton that the team's predictions suggested an eighth-place result or better was conceivable, therefore they should keep going.
I was thinking, "Why don't we just save the engine and fight another day?"
"It's been challenging all around since the last race of the year," Hamilton remarked.
It seemed a lot like some of the previous days, older races that I've done, to start the race today positive and then have that trouble [at the start], but then to come back.
Aston Martin's upgraded AMR22 endured a tough start to life at the Spanish Grand Prix, the team coming home without points for the fourth time in six races this year
The upgraded Aston Martin AMR22 had a difficult start to life at the Spanish Grand Prix, with the team finishing without points for the fourth time in six races this season after both drivers failed to qualify.
Vettel was given a challenging two-stop strategy by the team, with the German going the longest on the soft compound tyre in the first stint of the race.
Vettel climbed into the top ten, but he couldn't maintain his position once his strategy was exhausted, and he finished 11th.
"In the end, I don't think it made a significant difference."
"It was a difficult race," the Canadian stated, "albeit it was basically concluded by my collision with Pierre when I overtook him."
Ferrari has played down the significance of Mercedes' performance in Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix.
The W13's performance caused Mercedes team chief Toto Wolff to declare that the team had the fastest race vehicle on Sunday and that the team's confidence in its ability to win the championship this year had been revived.
However, Ferrari team principal Mattia Binotto claims that Mercedes' competitive performance must be viewed in context, and that the German carmaker is still no faster than the Maranello outfit was in 2021.
They finished 30 seconds or more behind Red Bull, and Charles [Leclerc] could have been 40 seconds behind them.
Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto Alexander Trienitz took the photo. While Binotto isn't getting too excited about Mercedes' current position, Red Bull is aware of the Brackley-based team's potential.
"I think it illustrates how rapidly things can swing," Horner remarked of the turnaround between Red Bull and Ferrari.
Traffic problems at the Spanish Grand Prix
Formula One has encouraged officials at the Spanish Grand Prix to resolve major traffic issues that emerged over the weekend in Barcelona.
The race was nearly sold out over the weekend, with over 120,000 spectators flocking to the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya for the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday.
This caused major traffic congestion as fans attempted to leave the circuit, while the neighbouring Montmelo train station experienced an unexpectedly large number of passengers, causing considerable delays in returning to Barcelona city centre.
"The massive number of supporters at this event both inside and outside the circuit generated traffic concerns for the fans," Formula 1 said in a statement.
The popularity of the Spanish Grand Prix has grown in recent seasons, with the devoted 'Orange Army' of Max Verstappen followers slowly increasing in Barcelona year after year, along with the appeal of having two home heroes in Fernando Alonso and Carlos Sainz.
Formula One's Monaco Grand Prix is at risk of being axed from the calendar, reports say
According to reports, Formula One's prestigious race in Monaco is in danger of being dropped off the schedule, amid concerns that the event has starting to lose its lustre.
The Sun reports that the sport may have outgrown the circuit.
The scenario is made even more perplexing by the fact that Monaco does not pay F1 any fees for the right to conduct a race on a yearly basis.
Because the season is now limited to only 24 races, it is possible that the famed harbourside motor race will be dropped from the schedule.
According to the Sun, F1 wanted to keep the race despite the deteriorated circuit since contracts were typically settled upon over dinner in the principality.