The motorsport world is looking towards Sakhir with great excitement, where the first Formula 1 weekend of the new season will take place next weekend. One big question outshines everything: Will the dethroned world champion Lewis Hamilton succeed in taking revenge against his opponent Max Verstappen in 2022?
Hamilton’s compatriot and ex-Formula 1 driver Martin Brundle expressed serious doubts that the Mercedes superstar would finally win the longed-for and never before achieved eighth driver’s title this year.
Today’s “Sky” expert was convinced that the competition will do everything in their power to beat the record world champion for the second time in a row this year.
“Lewis will come back with more determination than ever and I think he’s going to need to get his elbows out,” Brundle told “sky“. The seven-time champion has to adapt his driving style completely and drive (even) more aggressively in order to be able to challenge Verstappen.
Hamilton’s new teammate George Russel is also rated highly by British compatriot Brundle. “‘For me Mercedes has the strongest driver duo. George can challenge Lewis this season. He has all the feeling and maturity he needs to make these cars sing.”
Russell had switched to the new season from the inferior Williams racing team to the constructors’ world champion of the last eight years.
Formula 1: Brundle trusts Ferrari a lot
The 158-time Grand Prix starter Brundle also named the two Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz as other major rivals for Lewis Hamilton.
“It looks like we’re going to have a three-way battle this year,” says the 62-year-old, looking forward to a whole new exciting factor in the forthcoming Formula 1 season.
Ferrari had already come back last year with third place in the team classification. At that time, however, still miles behind the dominant teams Mercedes and Red Bull.