MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 29: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes looks on, on the grid during the F1 Grand Prix of Monaco at Circuit de Monaco on May 29, 2022 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Mario Renzi - Formula 1/Formula 1 via Getty Images)

Hamilton sets Mercedes comeback deadline amidst Schumacher criticism

Lewis Hamilton pinpoints timeframe for Mercedes comeback to fight Red Bull and Ferrari.

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Seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton believes the Silver Arrows should be contending with the title fighters Red Bull and Ferrari next month at Silverstone if there is any hope for fighting for the Championship. The Briton is hopeful that the car will be “capable” of fighting for a win at his home circuit.

The hope for glory on home turf has sparked an intrinsic motivation for the Formula One veteran.

“I’m hoping by Silverstone that we have the car where we need it,” said the 37-year-old.

“At least by then, to be able to fight these guys for the win.

“That’s what I’m working every day for, so that we can fight on home turf and give them the best race that we can.

“I know everyone back at the factory is working as hard as they can to continue to make advances with the car, and I have no doubts that we will.” 

While the car handed to Hamilton this season has been far from perfect, his new teammate George Russell has been outshining the veteran in the W-13. The Mercedes rookie currently sits in fourth place in the Drivers Championship, one point ahead of Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz.

Russell’s excelling performances have cast a heavy shadow on Hamilton’s season, which has now seen criticism arise from a former colleague.

Schumacher criticism
Michael Schumacher hugging a Mattia Binotto
Michael Schumacher & Mattia Binotto. Photo Credit: Scuderia Fans

Philipp Brändle, an aerodynamicist who spent six years at Mercedes working on Hamilton’s cars believes the F1 driver doesn’t have the same type of mechanical background as the legendary Michael Schumacher.

“Lewis needs to have confidence in the car, which is very important to him,” Brändle said to speedweek.com.

“He’s not like [Michael] Schumacher and doesn’t have the technical background.”

Schumacher played a pivotal role in Ferrari’s return to dominance in the late 90s and early 2000s. The German joined an Italian team in 1996 that hadn’t won a Drivers Championship since 1979 and with the help of his determination and engineering know-how, Schumacher helped turn Ferrari’s lack in speed and reliability, working with mechanics and engineers into all hours of the morning.

It was this mechanical understanding that bridged the divide between the drivers and the mechanics and brought the team together to overcome the odds, which may be required if Mercedes would like to turn around the progress in their car by next month.

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