Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes could surprise at the 2022 French F1 GP, claims Damon Hill

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes could create a surprise at the 2022 F1 French GP, according to former driver turned analyst Damon Hill.

Hamilton and the Silver Arrows have not been as dominant as their reputation this season and are winless for 11 races in the current campaign. The Silver Arrows have been left behind by Red Bull and Ferrari as they try to find solutions to their problems caused by the 2022 F1 regulatory changes.

They had occasional flashes of brilliance but were always third in the battle at the top of the F1 grid. Le Castellet (Circuit Paul Ricard), however, could prove to be the home ground for Hamilton and Mercedes, according to 1996 F1 world champion Hill.

During a conversation during the last episode of the F1 Nations podcast alongside former F1 driver Gerhard Berger, Hill was asked to share his predictions for the upcoming race weekend. The Brit said:

“It’s a smooth track, brilliant for the aerodynamics. It can help Mercedes if they haven’t fixed their porpoising or need to get that car down to the ground. I’ll go Lewis Hamilton.

Hill then painted a hypothetical picture that he believed could turn his prediction into reality. He added saying:

“I think there is going to be an incident. I think that first corner is a bit tricky, the little chicane. Let’s say Charles [Leclerc] loses its front wing, or Max [Verstappen] has a flat tire or something. Maybe even in pure speed, the Mercedes surprises, because I think in his racing configuration Lewis has been very, very fast at times. It might even be Lewis first, George [Russell] second and Carlos Sainz third. What about that? »

Mercedes are expected to make improvements to the W13, but it’s still unclear how far they will go to close the gap between them and Red Bull and Ferrari ahead of them.

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton ‘still have plenty of time to find to be serious contenders in 2022, says Damon Hill

Mercedes still has time to work through its issues and be a serious player in the 2022 F1 World Championship battles, according to former world champion Damon Hill.

Speaking in an interview with sky sports ahead of the 2022 British F1 GP, Hill said:

“I think if you really look at the race pace there is still a bit of a way to go. I mean, they sometimes show pace in the race, but you don’t know how fast Max could go if he had to, and usually they tend to try to manage their tires. They don’t burn the car as fast as they can if they don’t have to.

The 1996 F1 world champion added:

“So I would say Mercedes still have plenty of time to find serious suitors, but clearly, [we have] a very happy Lewis Hamilton with a brave face [after Canada] in a very difficult year after losing a possible eighth title last year.

Since joining F1 in 2008, Lewis Hamilton has won a race every season he has entered, while being powered by Mercedes. 11 races into the 2022 season, however, Mercedes have failed to claim a finish above P3 this season.

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