Formula 1 managing director Ross Brawn says “the title is still reachable for Hamilton and Mercedes” and adds he will be amazed if Red Bull’s domination “continues at every track”.
“It’s great news that Lewis’ contract has been renewed,” wrote the Briton.
“He’s a Formula 1 superstar and is a key ingredient in this fantastic battle we are having for the world championship this season.
“It’s a huge positive that he will be with us for a few more years and will have a chance to drive the new car next year.”
He then turns his attention to the championship battle, where Hamilton and Mercedes have been on the losing end for the past five races.
“Right now, things aren’t going well for Lewis but he’s been through this before, albeit maybe not for some time. He is used to tough battles.
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“This year is unusual in that the teams can’t respond in a normal way for several reasons. One is that we have the cost cap now, so they can’t just throw resources at the problem.
“Secondly, we have the new car coming in next year, which they will be pretty committed to, so it’s a bit of a dilemma for the team as they probably can’t afford to deliver a very strong response in the way they normally would do.
“Before the cost cap, you would throw resource at it. These are the elements of the rule changes that have been made, which are significant and slightly unseen and I think will lead to stronger championships in the future.
“The title is still reachable for Hamilton and Mercedes. These races have been pretty much dominated by Red Bull, but I will be amazed if that continues at every track.
“I think the British Grand Prix at Silverstone is going to be fascinating, especially with the new Sprint format on the Saturday,” concluded Brawn.