F1 journalist Chris Medland says “it really felt like we missed out on the next installment of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton last season”.
In his 2023 F1 Wish List column on RACER.com, Chris Medland’s first wish was for Mercedes to get “back in the mix”, so that we can witness another Lewis Hamilton vs Max Verstappen title fight.
“I know it almost seems boring after the dominance Toto Wolff’s team had, but I looked back at last year’s wish list and I wanted Mercedes and Red Bull to remain closely matched,” Medland wrote.
“That didn’t happen and while Ferrari and Charles Leclerc started strongly, it really felt like we missed out on the next installment of Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton last season.
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“There’s so much history already between the two of them, and as Brazil [2022 Sao Paulo Grand Prix] showed they’re still not prepared to give an inch even without titles on the line.
“But Mercedes really needs to deliver a more consistent car from the word go to put Hamilton and George Russell in the frame as proper threats.
“Red Bull had it too easy in the end but if Ferrari learns from its mistakes and Mercedes offers a serious challenge, then we could be in for a classic season.
“Three teams fighting for the title feels so close,” the Briton concluded.