Derek Warwick predicts Lewis Hamilton will “step up another level”

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Former F1 driver, and current race steward, Derek Warwick says Lewis Hamilton is still “at the top of his game” and “as soon as he’s got a chance of winning he will step up another level”.

At the moment Mercedes is struggling to keep up with the frontrunners in the 2022 championship, due to unsolved issues with their car.

However, Derek Warwick says Lewis Hamilton is ready to start fighting for wins as soon as Mercedes gets its act together.

“You’ve also got to remember at the minute he’s fighting for third, fourth and tenth as we’ve seen, which is not something he expects to do,” Warwick told Express Sport.

“So as soon as he’s got a chance of winning he will step up another level.”

Warwick went on to praise Lewis’s performance, saying the Briton was still at the “top of his game”. He also applauded Lewis’ efforts to get to P10 and score one point at the Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, despite struggling with a difficult car, adding it shows “the character of the man”.

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“He didn’t really care if it was a point or two points, he cared about passing the next car. He is still fundamentally a racing driver.

As for Mercedes’ problems, Warwick said he expects them to solve the issues by the summer break.

“Porpoising and aerodynamics, it’s so difficult to replicate it in the wind tunnel. Yeah, I think it’s very difficult.

“I’d be surprised if it still goes on in the summer. But with porpoising and aerodynamics you never do know.

“Let’s hope [Lewis] challenges Leclerc and Max [Verstappen] going forward,” the Briton concluded.

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