Mercedes: What’s gone wrong at the F1 and can they recover?
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The 2022 Formula One season heads into round eight this weekend with the Azerbaijan Grand Prix but there are plenty of talking points within the world of F1 ahead of the sport’s return to Baku. Lewis Hamilton’s future in F1 has been questioned by Jenson Button as the seven-time champion continues his poor start to the campaign.
Button claims it’s possible his old McLaren team-mate Hamilton wants to ‘do something else’. His comments come after Helmut Marko, Mika Hakkinen and Jacques Villeneuve were among many questioning his future in recent months.
Mercedes has struggled to match the pace of frontrunners Ferrari and Red Bull all season but Hamilton has appeared to be more off the pace than new team-mate George Russell.
Meanwhile, Max Verstappen has warned rivals he has ‘unfinished business’ at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix. The Red Bull star crashed out of the race last year and has never scored a podium at the Baku track.
Follow the latest F1 updates from Express Sport below…
Mercedes set for new design in Baku
Mercedes will run a new badge on their car from the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in tribute to Pride.
The new logo features the classic Silver Arrows logo transformed by rainbow colours to raise awareness for the LGBTQ+ community.
Mercedes said: “We’re proud to be running the @mercedesbenz Pride Star on our W13s for the next three races, celebrating the LGBTQ+ community and raising awareness for Pride Month.”
Toto Wolff will be desperate for an uptick of pace after a difficult weekend in Monaco.
Max Verstappen has ‘unfinished business’
Max Verstappen has only finished one Azerbaijan Grand Prix with three retirements to his name.
The world champion crashed out of last year’s race while leading and is hoping for redemption this time around.
He said: “
I’m looking forward to returning to Baku, we have some unfinished business there after last year.
“It’s a tricky track with big braking zones and a tight run-off, finding the best set-up for the car will be difficult in terms of making sure we get the correct wing level.
“It will also be interesting to see if we can make our one lap performance better for qualifying as we’ve been lacking a little.”
Hamilton’s career ‘could be over’
Lewis Hamilton may believe his career in F1 could be over after a difficult start to the season, according to former team-mate Jenson Button.
Speaking on Virgin Radio yesterday, the 2009 champion said: “Lewis, as we all know, is one of the best in the world, if not the best in the world at driving a Formula 1 car.
“He will be competitive again – if he wants to be. That’s the thing. Maybe he thinks his career is over and he wants to go and do something else. Who knows?
“But Lewis, if he has a car that’s good enough to win, he will win races.”
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