Lewis Hamilton has responded to Sir Jackie Stewart’s claims that the Mercedes driver has ‘severe issues’. Three-time world champion Stewart claims that the British star has misplaced his ‘starvation’ for victory having didn’t win a race since late 2021.
Hamilton is about for a second barren season sitting fourth within the Drivers’ Championship and driving a Mercedes which is much off the main Crimson Bull’s tempo. The present state of affairs is a stark distinction to when Hamilton joined the Silver Arrows and received six world titles in eight seasons.
Stewart questioned whether or not Hamilton has the starvation to relive his former glory throughout an interview with German publication BILD. He stated: “Within the final decade he (Hamilton) competed with Mercedes for a group that was nearly out of competitors. Throughout this time, Lewis solely had one actual competitor: his respective teammate. Apart from 2016, he all the time emerged victorious from the duel.
“After which he misplaced to Nico Rosberg. With respect: a superb driver, however not essentially the most proficient on this planet. However Rosberg was hungry and had absolutely the will to develop into world champion. Lewis not has that starvation. Due to that – and since the automobile is not fairly as highly effective – he has severe issues.”
Hamilton, who hasn’t received a Grand Prix since 2011, signed a two-year extension to his contract with Mercedes final month. He snapped again at Stewart throughout an interview with BBC. He stated: “I’ve all the time been aggressive, that’s simply in my DNA, that’s by no means going to alter.
“There’s a lot extra to being a racing driver. There are people who find themselves very short-minded that make the feedback that they do. Not figuring out the work that has been accomplished within the background, not figuring out the work that I’m doing.”