At the 2023 Singapore GP, Mercedes achieved an impressive win when Lewis Hamilton and George Russell decided to make a last-minute pit stop for new tires. They then aggressively pursued Carlos Sainz Jr.’s Ferrari. Unfortunately, Russell’s race ended in a disastrous crash on the final lap, preventing Hamilton from overtaking Lando Norris and securing third place instead. Peter Windsor, a former manager at Ferrari, believes that Russell’s late push ultimately deprived Hamilton of a chance to win.
Windsor explained on his YouTube channel that if Russell had been behind Hamilton, the seven-time champion may have won the race due to his better tire condition. This would have been Hamilton’s first win since Jeddah in 2021.
Hamilton’s quest for his 104th victory appears to be challenging, and he needs to figure out a solution to change the situation. While numerous drivers find it difficult to bounce back after a decline in F1, Hamilton stands out from the rest. Nevertheless, there are uncertainties regarding his ability to deliver on his promise of triumphing once more.
Mercedes is no longer the powerful team it used to be, and Hamilton recognizes this. He expressed his disappointment in not being able to compete for another world championship in 2021. The current question is whether Hamilton and Mercedes can regain their former success or if they are gradually becoming irrelevant.
To sum up, the ex-Ferrari leader holds George Russell responsible for depriving Lewis Hamilton of a possible win, which only compounded the frustration.