Lewis Hamilton’s performance so far in the 2022 season has received a harsh evaluation from Bernie Ecclestone, who also wonders how much longer the British driver will compete.
According to Bernie Ecclestone, Toto Wolff is “a bit frustrated up” with Lewis Hamilton in 2022 because he isn’t “moving,” as the old F1 chairman claims.
Mercedes has not had a smooth beginning the season, but Hamilton appears to have had more difficulty than his new teammate George Russell, with the younger racer having won seven out of the nine races so far.
The Silver Arrows have a deal with Hamilton that runs through the end of 2023. Ecclestone has raised the issue of whether the seven-time World Champion could retire earlier.
“Lewis might sell his position to Toto,” Ecclestone told the Daily Mail.
‘”This is how much I am getting, I’ll step down and give me half of what I would get’. Toto can go and do one of his magic deals, offer someone less money and keep £20 million.
“Nobody needs to tell Toto this because he has already thought of it. Lewis would probably stop under those circumstances.
“I don’t know what he is doing dressing up in all those funny clothes. Has he a deal to it? Is it to get noticed? Maybe that’s it.”
Ecclestone: I don’t believe Hamilton cares all that much
Ecclestone was astonished to see Russell win and believes that Hamilton is not giving it his all like he formerly did.
“I didn’t think [Russell] was that good but he has done an excellent job,” the former F1 CEO said.
“I’m surprised. Or is it a case of Lewis doing a bad job? A bit of both.
“Toto is getting a bit fed up with Lewis. I don’t think he’s trying, do you? Let’s put it another way, Lewis doesn’t seem bothered about losing.
“It’s not like him. He has a competitive nature but he’s taking losing a bit easy for my liking.
“I don’t think he is actively helping George. I don’t think he’s doing anything. I don’t think he cares too much. He’s not prepared to put the effort into winning that he did.”
Back pain complaints of Hamilton are in doubt
The W13 had a lot of movement during the last Azerbaijan Grand Prix, and Hamilton openly discussed the back ache he felt throughout the race.
Ecclestone has questioned how much pain Hamilton was actually experiencing, despite the fact that the British driver appeared to struggle to exit his car at the finish line.
“All b*,” Ecclestone commented on the matter.
“George is taller and if it was going to happen to anyone it would have happened to him.
“There was a bit of Nigel Mansell about it. At least with Nigel, he would get out of the car and rub his left leg as if he had broken it. Next moment, it would be his right leg.”
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