Former F1 driver Mark Webber says “people are being pretty harsh, pretty fast” on Lewis Hamilton, but he is “never short of motivation, that’s why he’s probably the greatest of all time”.
Ahead of the inaugural Miami Grand Prix, in a talk with the Daily Star, Mark Webber said some people are too quick to judge Lewis Hamilton’s performance in the first four races of the 2022 season.
“I think people are being pretty harsh, pretty fast on Lewis,” the Australian said.
“In Bahrain he drove brilliantly to third place. In Saudi there was a safety car involved there with a pit stop. Same in Melbourne.
“So I think there have been quite a few points he’s missed through no fault of his own and he was very quick in Melbourne in the race. But he lost a lot of time with that stop.
“It’s only Imola where he had a tricky qualy and race. Of course, everyone’s forgetting how the other points were lost through no fault of his own.”
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Webber then warned it would be a mistake to dismiss Hamilton and Mercedes’ chances in this championship.
“Never, ever underestimate an organisation like [Mercedes]. Lewis is at his most dangerous with his back against the wall.
“He’s never short of motivation, that’s why he’s probably the greatest of all time.”
The Australian also praised George Russell’s brilliant performance with Mercedes so far.
“George is driving brilliantly – very, very good for him – and it’s good to have the youngsters threatening the established drivers.
“That’s what it should be about – Lewis would never shy away from that,” Webber concluded.