Norbert Haug: “I don’t think Lewis will lose interest”

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Former vice-president of Mercedes Motorsport Norbert Haug says Lewis Hamilton wants to win his eighth championship, especially since he lost one in 2007 due to a “team mistake” and another in 2021 due to “a wrong decision by the FIA”.

Norbert Haug, who has worked with Lewis Hamilton from 2007 until 2009 at McLaren, says he doesn’t believe Mercedes’ poor performance is causing Lewis to lose his motivation.

“I don’t think Lewis will lose interest,” Haug told Speed Week.

“He actually lost the title twice – once in 2007 which was a team mistake, and in 2021 through a wrong decision by the FIA.

“I’m not saying Verstappen doesn’t deserve the title, but Lewis’ driving performance equals world titles and now he is chasing the eighth. Of course he still wants to achieve that.

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“So I’m not worried that Lewis could lose motivation. But we are experiencing a generational change in Formula 1.

“Not only by Verstappen, also by Russell, Norris, Leclerc – if he doesn’t often make mistakes like he did in Imola.”

As for the W13’s issues, Haug believes Mercedes may have made a fundamental mistake with their car..

“It looks very different from the competitors. The cooling is in a completely different place, but the large area under the car, which is supposed to generate downforce, obviously cannot be used.

“Fourth place for Russell was great, but the reality is probably more with where Hamilton is,” the German concluded.

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