Norbert Haug teases ‘good repeat’ of 2009 for Lewis Hamilton in Hungary

Ex-Mercedes motorsport boss Norbert Haug sees a very good omen for Lewis Hamilton within the occasions of the 2009 Hungarian Grand Prix.

Again in 2009, the Mercedes-powered McLaren crew had struggled on the run as much as the summer season break, Hamilton having completed no greater than P4.

However, on the Hungarian Grand Prix, the ultimate spherical earlier than that season’s summer season break, the state of affairs fully rotated.

Armed with some upgrades, Hamilton would declare victory on the Hungaroring, additionally marking the primary win for a automotive fitted with the KERS system in Formulation 1.

That Hungarian GP bears many similarities to the current day, Hamilton now driving for a Mercedes crew which after eight seasons on the high has fallen adrift of the successful tempo.

Subsequent up is the 2022 Hungarian Grand Prix, so might historical past repeat itself as Hamilton takes his and Mercedes’ first victory of the season?

“It will be a pleasant repeat?” Haug advised Sky Sport Information.

“Again then, after a very winless 12 months till then, we managed a number of upgrades after which managed the primary KERS victory. That was historic.”

Lewis Hamilton sprays George Russell on the podium. France July 2022

Mercedes scored their first double podium results of the season final day out in France, Hamilton claiming P2 and George Russell P3.

And whereas Haug acknowledges that such a consequence “solely occurs when purple [Ferrari] or blue [Red Bull] are concerned”, he does see optimistic indicators for Mercedes heading into the ultimate 10 races of the 2022 season.

“The prospects for Mercedes will not be so dangerous,” stated Haug. “They’re persistently working ahead.

“Mercedes has made the attainable attainable and put themselves able to make a step ahead within the final ten races of the season.”

Hamilton has remained dedicated to the Mercedes crew as they aim a return to their previous type, that P2 in Paul Ricard delighting the 103-time race winner.

And contemplating Hamilton’s huge success, Haug says it’s the signal of a “actual racer” that Hamilton might nonetheless be so pleased with a P2 end.

“Anybody who has gained 103 Formulation 1 races and may be so glad a few second place is an actual racer,” Haug acknowledged.

On the French Grand Prix, Hamilton turned the sixth driver to achieve 300 races in Formulation 1. Up to now no driver has claimed one other victory after becoming a member of that unique membership.



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