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‘Lewis Hamilton needs car confidence, is not a technician like Michael Schumacher’

'Lewis Hamilton needs car confidence, is not a technician like Michael Schumacher'

Lewis Hamilton is not a technician like Michael Schumacher, according to a former colleague of the Briton.

Philipp Brändle is an aerodynamicist who spent six years with Mercedes working on that of Hamilton cars, so is a pretty good judge of how the seven-time world champion operates.

The former Mercedes employee has spoken out about Hamilton’s problems during a season he is in 75 points behind Championship leader Max Verstappen.

Hamilton has only occasionally finished on the podium in the seven races of 2022 George Russell has shown how to get the most out of a poorly performing car, Brändle said Hamilton works best when he has confidence in the car.

“Lewis has to have confidence in the car, which is very important to him,” said Brändle, as reported by speedweek.com† “He’s Not Like” [Michael] Schumacher and does not have the technical background. But he can feel the car very well.

Brändle was also quick not to rule out Hamilton from this year’s title race, noting that he was 32 points behind the leader last year before fighting his way back to the top in far fewer races.

Mercedes appeared to have taken a turn in Spain over their W13 issues, but the last time they were in Monaco they found themselves lacking pace.

Russell finished 11.968 seconds behind race winner Sergio Perez while Hamilton was 50.388 behind the Mexican.

Mercedes technical director Andrew Shovlin said the Monaco circuit “highlighted our weaknesses.”

“It was a frustrating weekend for the team and the drivers,” he wrote in the Mercedes debriefing. “We weren’t fast enough in one lap, but even in the race we didn’t have enough speed.

“George did a good job taking P5 from Lando on the dry transition and also keeping him behind at the end of the race; luckily he was only there for one round. Lewis had a hard time between the Alpines for most of the race – we just couldn’t find a way to get him out in the open without having to overtake, which is almost impossible.

“It also seemed that the cold conditions were making life quite difficult for the tires and both of our cars fell off towards the end of the race. We clearly have work to do for Baku as there are a lot of similarities between the corner sections and this one job highlighted our weaknesses.”

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