Häkkinen says Hamilton has shown ‘why he is a 7-times champion’

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Two-time Formula 1 champion Mika Häkkinen gave his comments on Lewis Hamilton’s performance at the Portuguese Grand Prix.

After Lewis Hamilton scored another victory in a direct fight with Max Verstappen and Valtteri Bottas, Mika Häkkinen had only words of praise for the Briton.

“Lewis Hamilton might be closer to the end of his F1 career than the beginning, but he has lost none of his love of racing,” the Finn wrote in his Unibet column.

“He is really enjoying the challenge Mercedes is facing from Red Bull, and Sunday’s Portuguese Grand Prix gave Lewis another opportunity to remind everyone why he is a seven times World Champion.

“He won the race despite not qualifying on pole position and even dropping to 3rd on lap 7. But race craft has always been a strong point for Lewis, and he did a brilliant job again.”

Former McLaren driver also praised Mercedes, who have managed to put in a top-notch performance, despite having a slower car than Red Bull at the beginning of the season.

“Red Bull and Honda have done a fantastic job, but Mercedes has recovered quickly after a less competitive start to the year,” Häkkinen continued.


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“One of the strengths of Mercedes is their ability to react, so although I think that the Portimao circuit suited their cars slightly more than the Red Bulls.

“Lewis and Valtteri really do have an exceptionally strong technical team supporting them.”

Finally, Häkkinen took the opportunity to congratulate Mercedes-Benz on their 50th grand prix. The Finn has been powered by Mercedes for most of his career.

The partnership started when Mercedes started supplying engines to McLaren in 1995 and lasted until Häkkinen’s retirement at the end of 2001. Together they had won two drivers’ (1998 and 1999), and one constructors’ (1998) championship.

“I should also mention that Sunday was Mercedes-Benz’s 500th Grand Prix. I am very happy to have played part in their history in Formula One during my time with McLaren-Mercedes.

“We achieved a lot of success together, so it is good to see that partnership [between McLaren and Mercedes] renewed, and working,” concluded the Finn.

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