Schumacher offers wild theory on why Mercedes resigned Hamilton

Ralf Schumacher has gone on record to offer his wacky two cents on the reason why Mercedes decided... The post Schumacher offers wild theory on why Mercedes resigned Hamilton appeared first on F1i.com.

Schumacher offers wild theory on why Mercedes resigned Hamilton

Ralf Schumacher has gone on record to offer his wacky two cents on the reason why Mercedes decided earlier this month to extend its collaboration with Lewis Hamilton.

The German manufacturer and the seven-time world champion surprised the F1 community when they announced out of the blue ahead of the Austrian Grand Prix that they had agreed terms on a new two-year contract that will run until the end of 2023.

While there was little doubt that Hamilton would renew his allegiance with the Brackley squad, comments from team boss Toto Wolff led pundits to believe that both parties would take their time over the summer to see eye to eye on a new deal.

The always entertaining Jacques Villeneuve is our usual go-to source for silly comments, although to be fair to the 1997 F1 world champion, his judgments are often rooted in an ounce of common sense.

But Ralf Schumacher is close to overhauling the Canadian as F1's top banana when it comes to loony opinions or world theories.

The former F1 driver contends that Mercedes signed Hamilton as a last resort solution. That's right, because they didn't have any other reasonable choice. Why? Because Mercedes really wanted to snap up the intrepid Max Verstappen!

"For me, that extension mainly means that Max has turned down Mercedes," Schumacher told Sport Bild.

"I think Mercedes had put all their hopes on capturing Max for that cockpit, in order to fully secure their future.

"That idea is now gone, and in my eyes Lewis was the only alternative."

  • Read also: Mick Schumacher gets a taste of Dad's first car!

Unfortunately, as facetious and droll as he may be, Schumacher's predictions for the remainder of the season and the title fight between F1's two titans are just plain vanilla.

"It will really come down to a duel between Hamilton and Verstappen," he said. "I hope nobody gets hurt.

"Hamilton and Verstappen remind me more and more of Senna and Prost, the way they treated each other."

As usual, thank you for your valuable insight and knowledge Ralf!

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via and

The post Schumacher offers wild theory on why Mercedes resigned Hamilton appeared first on F1i.com.

Source : F1 i More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

Alonso vows to play by the same rules but will remain 'clean'

Fernando Alonso says the F1 stewards' lack of sanctions towards some of his rivals who aren't respecting the... The post Alonso vows to play by the same rules but will remain 'clean' appeared first on F1i.com.

Alonso vows to play by the same rules but will remain 'clean'

Fernando Alonso says the F1 stewards' lack of sanctions towards some of his rivals who aren't respecting the rules has left him with no choice but to follow their lead.

In Austria earlier this month, the Alpine driver expressed his frustration with the stewards lack of oversight towards several drivers who ran wide at the Red Bull Ring's Turn 1 at the start of both events, or towards those who had held up others in qualifying.

Ahead of last weekend's British Grand Prix, Alonso reckoned that if the rules were not going to be policed properly than he might as well join the crowd, which he did in Saturday's sprint qualifying when he relied on some sturdy defensive tactics to seal his P7 spot on the grid.

However, Alonso's on-track tactics earned him a warning from race director Michael Masi, while he later justified his behaviour by saying that he had gone to "the dark side".

After Sunday's race at Silverstone, the two-time world champion said that he had reached out to Masi to draw the Aussie's attention to what he believed were the unfair antics of some of his rivals.

"I’ve been always a clean driver and I will remain a clean driver for all my career," said Alonso. "I think I’m [among] the few ones that don’t have any points on the licence, to be honest as well.

"We tried to speak with the race director and we try always to say or blame other things that the people were doing with not many answers, and that was strange.

"I don’t want to be blaming, I don’t want to be crying every race for something that the others do.

"The strategy in the first races didn’t have any solutions or didn’t bring us any solution. So we understood that the solution is to do what the others are doing. That’s the only thing we can do."

  • Read also:

Alonso clarified what he meant by going to the "dark side" while the Alpine charger used a football analogy to explain how he felt about some drivers going unpunished for their misdemeanors.

"We tried to be fair and we tried to say the referee, ‘look they are playing with their hands in the penalty area’. But if the referee is doing nothing, we understand that we can play also with the hands in the penalty area. So we do that," he said.

"We wish we don’t need to do that. But because apparently some things are allowed in the Formula 1 of today, we copy and we don’t feel any more like we are out of the sport.

"So there’s no ‘dark side’ – it’s just playing with the same rules as everyone else."

Keep up to date with all the F1 news via and

The post Alonso vows to play by the same rules but will remain 'clean' appeared first on F1i.com.

Source : F1 i More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.