Mercedes admits that Lewis Hamilton broke Michael Schumacher’s record “against the odds.”
After the Austrian Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton fell further behind competitor Max Verstappen.
Lewis Hamilton has a lot to accomplish this year if he wants to beat Michael Schumacher’s record and win his eighth world championship. In Austria, the British driver finished fourth, allowing Max Verstappen to extend his lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to 32 points.
The Austrian Grand Prix saw Hamilton run wide at turn 10, resulting in a disappointing fourth place finish.
Verstappen, on the other hand, began on pole and led the entire race, recording the fastest lap and cruising to win.
Toto Wolff, the Mercedes team leader, believes his star driver can win another world title, but concedes that it is currently ‘against the odds.’
“Of course, losing every point is a blow,” Wolff added.
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“When Lewis finished second, he lost six points, and when you sum it all up, the momentum is going in the wrong direction.
“Losing 14 points [to Verstappen]is not good, and we are now up against the odds. However, the situation is far from over.
“He’s 32 points behind Max, which is a DNF away from being back in contention.
“We need to step up our game, make fewer mistakes, and continue to learn more about the car.”
Hamilton has had a shaky run of form, especially given how steady he has been in recent years, missing the podium in three of his last five races.
If he is to overcome Michael Schumacher and earn a record-breaking eighth world title, he will need a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.
“We are miles away from them [Red Bull], so we have a lot of work to do,” the 36-year-old told Sky Sports.
“All hands must be on deck. We need to make some modifications and improve our performance, or else this would most likely be the outcome.”
Red Bull has been dominant in recent weeks, winning the last five Grands Prix, four of which were won by Verstappen.
Hamilton will need to maintain his composure coming into the famous British Grand Prix at Silverstone, where he has previously excelled.
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