Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are not in a happy space at the moment, and the latter is looking for “excuses” for George Russell “hitting him in the nose”.
That’s according to Dutch runner Tim Coronel.
The Mercedes W13 isn’t easy to drive and that’s decently said, but Russell managed a string of results in the top five.
The new Mercedes driver is the only competitor in this year’s race to finish in the top five in all five races, and his seven-time former World Cup team-mate has only managed to do so on two occasions.
After eight years of fighting for the world title, it is a completely different story for Hamilton who failed to score a single point in Imola, as was his miserable pace.
That weekend of the race saw what looked like a a hot exchange between him and Toto Wolffwhile on Sunday the Briton angered the team when asked to evaluate his strategy, saying it was a pit wall job, not his.
The cracks, according to Coronel, are growing.
“There were no disagreements at all”
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“Mercedes and Hamilton are not in a good atmosphere,” he said Dutch edition of Motorsport.com.
“As a driver, you express yourself well in a warm environment and then you can be creative and move on.
“It simply came to our notice then. I see Hamilton justifying himself a lot. “
But the 50-year-old adds that life does not make life easier for the seven-time former world champion because he “constantly punches him in the nose from his teammate Russell.
“Then you go on the wrong momentum and see that this is happening now with Hamilton. He’s looking for excuses. “
Asked about Hamilton’s decision not to play a role in deciding his strategy, while Russell urged him to stay out, which ultimately brought him fifth place, Coronel said: “Russell takes risks because he feels pretty good. He creates it. We used to see that with [Michael] Schumacher, who really thought along with the team.
“Now Hamilton gives the ball to the team, but as a driver you also have to think. Hamilton is too preoccupied with his piercings, jewels and other nonsense than real racing. ”
But while the Dutch race driver isn’t happy with Hamilton, he’s impressed with how Russell is getting the most out of the bouncy W13.
But since he drove a “chicken coop” in Williams, he had experience with bad cars.
“He comes from the same line as Norris, Max and Leclerc, let’s face it,” he added. “It’s a group that has known each other since they were little and has always quarreled. Is it about how you develop during that year?
“Russell has had to drive a chicken coop in a car for the last few years [at Williams], let’s clarify that. He had to learn to adapt to the car and get the most out of it. And he does. ”