Ross Brawn is adamant that Lewis Hamilton won't walk away from Formula One despite Mercedes' struggles this season as he'll be desperate to secure a record-breaking eighth world title.
Seven-time world champion Hamilton was defeated by Max Verstappen in controversial circumstances last season in the final race in Abu Dhabi and has returned for the 2022 season to take a seat in a car that has so far been unable to compete.
'Porpoising' has proven to be Mercedes' Achilles heel at the start of the new season, with the Silver Arrows unable to maintain pace with the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari at the front of the grid.
That has raised questions regarding Hamilton's long-term future in F1 and whether he'll look towards retirement but Brawn told the Evening Standard he doesn't see that happening. “These first few races he’s been looking for the solutions and, in doing so, he’s been ping-ponging around with different set-ups on the car, trying to reach the solutions," he said.
“He’s probably sacrificing the races in a way to try to get the information and data that the team can use to solve the problem. That’s the feedback I get from the team while George is following a more conventional path
"Lewis is trying to set out to solve the problem. That’s why I think people saying George has outqualified and outraced him in the last few races can’t see the bigger picture.
“Amid all the glitz and the glamour, you still have a very determined racing driver. He’s still supremely fit and capable. I’m pretty certain he wants to win that eighth championship and, if not this year as looks likely, then next year.
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“I don’t know enough about what Mercedes’ issues are to know if they can be fixed with the concept of car they have or whether they have to review the concept. They’ll sort it out I’m sure… but it’s obviously very fragile what they’re dealing with.”
Mercedes, like the majority of the grid, have introduced new upgrades for the Barcelona Grand Prix and the early signs have been promising, with an apparent reduction on the amount of 'porpoising' shown.
Hamilton sits 68 points behind Championship leader Charles Leclerc and has finished behind teammate George Russell in each of the last four races.
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