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Formula 1 legends Sir Jackie Stewart and David Coulthard have urged Lewis Hamilton to ‘step aside’ and ‘retire’ from the sport to avoid the ‘pain’ of not being able to compete as he used to behind the wheel. Hamilton has struggled to adapt to Mercedes new W13 car in 2022 only finishing on the podium twice in nine races and has repeatedly been out-driven by teammate George Russell. He sits almost 100 points behind rival Max Verstappen in the standings and the Silver Arrows are still coming to terms with their car being the third-fastest on the grid.

Stewart explained that he feels Hamilton is finding it difficult to handle the skill of his new teammate and doesn’t believe the seven-time wolrd champion can make it back to the top level of the sport saying: “He’s now struggling a little bit because he’s had a new teammate who’s been quicker than him in qualifying so far, which is gonna be difficult for him to handle. It’s a pity he wasn’t resigning at the top but I don’t think that’s gonna happen now.”

Ex-Formula driver Coulthard believes that Hamilton still has more to offer Mercedes but should focus on getting to grips with the car instead of voicing his concerns over the physical toll it’s taking on his body. “You take the pain, whether it’s through your lower back. What I would say is if any driver feels uncomfortable, if any driver feels like he’s doing himself long-term damage – step aside.”

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Nico Rosberg advises George Russell on life as Lewis Hamilton’s teammate

Hamilton, 37, claimed his first podium in almost three months when he finished third at Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix – one place ahead of Russell in the other Mercedes.

But Russell, in his first season alongside Hamilton, is 34 points ahead of his more illustrious team-mate in the standings.

The result in Montreal on Sunday brought an end to a run of eight races – including Imola’s sprint round – where Hamilton has taken the chequered flag behind his compatriot.

Michael Jones23 June 2022 12:56

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McLaren sisters Leena and Teena Gade: ‘I don’t see myself as a woman in motorsport. I’m an engineer’

No one ever asks Lando Norris what it’s like to be a man at McLaren.

Sisters Leena and Teena Gade, on the other hand, are always ready to rattle off their respective stock answers. The British engineers boast decades of experience between them, from F1 to rally, endurance and IndyCar, yet people often seem more interested in their gender than their expertise.

Thursday marks International Women in Engineering Day but Leena, Senior Principal Race Engineer for McLaren’s Extreme E team, is frank when it comes to the incessant enquiry.

“It’s so annoying,” said the elder Gade, who in 2011 became the first female race engineer to win 24 Hours of Le Mans, with repeat success in 2012 and 2014.

Michael Jones23 June 2022 12:46

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Can Max Verstappen be stopped in his bid for a second straight F1 title?

With Formula One returning to Montreal for the first time in three years, it was the Red Bull of Verstappen which took the chequered flag to move 46 points clear at the top of the standings.

Carlos Sainz was fast in the closing stages following a period behind the safety car but could not find a way past Verstappen and had to settle for second place, the pair joined on the podium by Lewis Hamilton – the man who Verstappen beat to his maiden world title in 2021.

Here we look at the factors which might stand in the way of Verstappen charging to his second title in succession.

Michael Jones23 June 2022 12:36

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Stroll praises ‘great work’ by Aston Martin in Canadian GP

Lance Stroll said he was “super-pleased” after finishing 10th in the Canadian Grand Prix on Sundya, with the Aston Martin driver taking the final points position his home race.

Stroll started the race in 17th but Aston Martin’s strategy allowed him to complete 47 laps on the hard tyre in his first stint moving him up the field to P8 where he had to defend against the pacey Alfa Romeo of Zhou Guanyu.

Stroll fell down the field after pitting for the medium tyre but managed to pass the Daniel Ricciardo’s McLaren on Lap 63 to secure a top-10 finish and claim his first points since Miami.

A delighted Stroll praised the work done by his team, after a “challening” start to the season saying:

“We had a great strategy for this race, and I am super-pleased to have been able to score a point,

“We did a great job deciding to go long on the first set of tyres to make a one-stop race work, managing to keep a string of cars behind me. The overtake on Daniel [Ricciardo] was a nice bonus – we were on fresher tyres, so it was a pretty easy move.

“Things are certainly a lot more challenging this year, but I am pleased to have had a successful race today… It’s been incredible to race at home after such a long time away.”

(AFP via Getty Images)

Michael Jones23 June 2022 12:26

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Hamilton told ‘ step aside’ by Coulthard

Seven-time Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has struggled with his Mercedes car this season due to the severe bouncing problems with the W13. He has suffered lower back issues and has been quite vocal in how much pain the car’s troubles are putting him through.

Ex-Formula 1 driver David Coulthard says that such issues are par for the course at the elite level and Hamilton should ‘suck up the pain or give up his seat’ with the team.

“Those that are struggling more are of course going to be more vocal than those that are getting results. Everyone got the same set of technical regulations handed to them. I’ve been in the situation where I’ve had the advantage of my team doing a better job and I’ve been on the other side where the team hasn’t done such a good job,” Coulthard said.

“You take the pain, whether it’s through your lower back. What I would say is if any driver feels uncomfortable, if any driver feels like he’s doing himself long-term damage – step aside. There’s a whole bunch of guys and girls that would very happily step into your car if you feel uncomfortable.

“I think we have to keep in perspective that sport doesn’t come with princess in the pea mattresses. If you’re a boxer, you have to accept someone’s going to punch you in the face, if you’re a footballer someone’s going to drag their studs down the back of your legs. So I think we have to keep in perspective a little bit that this is where certain teams are and there will be evolution, but for the most part, just get on with it.”

Hamilton’s struggles have left him sixth in the world championship standings and 34 points behind teammate George Russell whose first year at Mercedes has been exceptional so far. Yet Coulthard does not believe the current standings are reflective of the duo’s talents.

“In my mind’s eye and it remains to be seen as and when Mercedes deliver a championship the faster the car, the more difficult it is to drive. The further you are away from the peak of downforce then everything just isn’t running as close to the limit,” he added.

“So what tends to happen if you’re in a really fast car, the exceptional drivers get more out of it. And when you have an average car, it’s easier for everyone to get something out of it. I think George is a future world champion, is a fantastic driver and has earnt that place in the team.

Michael Jones23 June 2022 12:16

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Binotto ‘not surprised’ by strong Sainz performance in Canada

Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto believes Carlos Sainz is “gaining confidence” in the team’s car, after the driver took second place at the Canadian Grand Prix after engaging in a late battle with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen.

Earlier in the season Sainz himself admitted having trouble adapting to the new car but the result in Montreal is his fifth podium finish of the season and was a great comeback after a DNF in Baku.

Sainz started the race from P3 on the grid – behind Verstappen and Fernando Alonso – but quickly overtook his countryman and at times was the fastest man on the track. But despite failing to reign in Verstappen in the dying laps Binotto believes that Sainz is getting “faster and faster”.

“Honestly, it was not a surprise [that Sainz was the fastest man on track],” said Binotto. “If you look at the race sim on Friday, Carlos was very strong already and we were very close to the Red Bulls.

“So, we knew we could fight; how much closer it would have been after Friday, no idea, but we know that our car is competitive. Carlos is gaining confidence with the car, he is driving faster and faster and it’s good to see that… he was certainly as fast, if not slightly faster, than Max.”

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Michael Jones23 June 2022 12:06

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Brown reveals Andretti’s attempt at F1 entry is “meeting a lot of resistance”

McLaren CEO Zak Brown recently revealed that the Andretti family’s attempts to enter Formula 1 are meeting lot of resistance but that he hopes in their bid may be accepted by the time the next set of new regulations comes into effect.

The Andretti team has made it very clear that they want to be a part of F1 as soon as possible with both Michael and Mario Andretti confident about the team’s resources and feel they can become a competitive force in F1.

The sport’s recent expansion and growth make the addition of an 11th team seem a reasonable next step, and Stefano Domenicali has already revealed that several parties are interested in joining F1.

But, with the newly implemented Concorde Agreement and entry fee (requiring new teams to pay an estimated $200 million), Domenicali has downplayed the importance of another team joining F1.

No team has entered F1 post-Concorde Agreement, there is no fixed timeline on when there will be a response to Andretti’s advances but Brown hopes the bid ‘isn’t dead’.

“I hope it’s not dead, but it certainly seems like it’s meeting a lot of resistance.” He told Sports Business Journal.

“I wouldn’t want to comment on what I think the right number is [for the entry fee] but what I would say is the value of an F1 franchise – from when the Concorde Agreement was signed to now – it’s grown rapidly.

“Ultimately, it’s up to F1 to decide what the right number to buy in is.”

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Michael Jones23 June 2022 11:56

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Toto Wolff sends warning to Lewis Hamilton despite Canadian Grand Prix podium

But Hamilton, already 98 points behind Verstappen in the standings, said he was “overwhelmed” to cross the line in third – a performance which provided the British driver with hope he could yet return to the winner’s circle this season.

Michael Jones23 June 2022 11:46

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Lewis Hamilton ‘overwhelmed’ to finish on the podium at Canadian Grand Prix

The seven-time world champion has struggled with his Mercedes this season and only just made it to Montreal.

The design of this year’s cars has led to some teams suffering from bouncing – known as porpoising – at high speeds, with Mercedes among the worst.

Hamilton needed assistance to get out of his car following the Azerbaijan Grand Prix a week ago and required acupuncture and cryotherapy on his back to make it to the grid.

Michael Jones23 June 2022 11:36

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Hamilton more hopeful after podium finish in Canada

Lewis Hamilton says his third place finish at the Canadian Grand Prix has given him hope that Mercedes can return to competitiveness this year.

The seven-time champion had not scored a podium since the first race of the season in Bahrain but his result in Montreal ended a run of difficult races.

Hamilton has repeatedly been out-driven by teammate George Russell this season but a decision to switch to soft tyres in qualifying ultimately worked against the 24-year-old this weekend giving Hamilton the edge in the race by starting four places ahead his teammate.

Russell has finished in the top five of every race this season including Canada where he came from eighth in qualifying to end just behind Hamilton in fourth. His highly impressive form this season has led to questions about Hamilton’s future in F1 but it remains to be seen who will prove the faster driver by the end of the year.

“It has given me a lot of hope there is more to come from this car, that the potential is truly there if we can get the set-up right,” Hamilton said. “We are just trying to progress as a team,

“Moving forwards, we will be a little more cautious on doing too many experiments as it really does hinder you through the weekend, especially if you only have first and second practice in the dry.

“There are lots of learnings from this weekend and improvements we can make going forwards but really great pace today. It is so nice to see. That has not always been the case with this car.”

Michael Jones23 June 2022 11:26



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