John Floyd
Motorsport columnist
3 minute read
24 Nov 2021
7:56 am

FLOYD ON F1: Can anyone stop Hamilton’s title charge?

John Floyd

Red Bull needs significant improvement for Max Verstappen to catch red-hot Mercedes in Saudi Arabia.

Can anyone stop Lewis Hamilton from winning an eighth F1 title? Picture: AFP

After Brazil and Qatar F1 Grands Prix, it is obvious Mercedes now has the upper hand when it comes to engine performance, leaving Red Bull and Max Verstappen in the proverbial dust. Lewis Hamilton’s new engine, taken prior to Brazil, was well worth its five-second penalty. Let’s not go into the rear wing issue which pushed the Englishman to the back of the grid... But his brilliant drive to victory was breathtaking, as was the incredible power of the W12’s new power unit.Doubtlessly, many in the F1 pit lane – particularly those also using the Mercedes engine – wonder why...