Ross Brawn: “Lewis will come back, I’m convinced”

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F1 managing director Ross Brawn says Lewis Hamilton “sacrificed himself for the future of the team” in 2022, just like Michael Schumacher did back in 2010.

In an interview with F1 Insider, former Mercedes team principal Ross Brawn was asked to give his opinion on Lewis Hamilton’s current performance.

“Lewis is in the twilight of his career,” Brawn said.

“But that doesn’t mean it’s over yet. This year, for an extremely long time, he has had a car that he cannot win with. So he puts a lot of energy into changing that.

“For him, this time is a kind of character test. It may well be that his team-mate George Russell is hungrier in the races as a result.”

Brawn then went on to explain how Lewis has been sacrificing his race performance so that he can help Mercedes make progress with their car, similar to how Michael Schumacher did when he returned to Formula 1 in 2010.

“You can compare Lewis’ situation a bit with Michael’s comeback with Mercedes. As a driver, you always have to decide whether you want to be part of the solution or part of the problem.

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“Michael redefined his role back then, so he was part of the solution and helped build the team that would go on to win eight straight Constructors’ titles.

“He sacrificed himself for the future of the team, so to speak, and played a key role in laying the foundation for its success.”

The Briton then explained he believes Mercedes’ current problems will only make Lewis and the team stronger.

“Lewis will come back, I’m convinced. Just like his team. I believe that periods of weakness that you have to overcome make you even stronger. I know that from my own experience.

“You have to remember that we narrowly lost three world titles before we made it at Ferrari with Michael Schumacher in 2000.

“The three years before were a tough test. The team could have fallen apart out of disappointment. But the opposite was the case: we grew even closer together and got better.

“We learned a lot and finally turned our weaknesses into strengths,” Brawn concluded.

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