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Hamilton gives up on F1 title after another poor race

LEWIS Hamilton has reiterated that his Formula One title chances are over after a disastrous Emilia Romagna GP on Sunday, where his new 2022 low led to Red Bull’s Helmut Marko cheekily suggesting that F1’s seven-time champion may wish he had retired at the end of last season.

Hamilton, already well off the pace heading into the weekend, saw his disappointing campaign worsen further in Imola as he finished 12th in the Sprint and 13th in the race; his first point-less return from the four rounds.

To make matters worse, Hamilton was lapped by race winner and last year’s fierce title rival Max Verstappen on Lap 40.

“A weekend to forget, that’s for sure,” said Hamilton, before reasserting his claim that he is not competing for the world championship.

“I’m out of it, for sure. There’s no question about that, but I’ll still keep working as hard as I can to try and somehow pull it back together somehow.”

Hamilton has slipped to seventh in the drivers’ standings and is now 58 points behind leader Leclerc.

After the race, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff spoke to Hamilton on team radio to say “sorry” for an “undrivable” car which suffers with violent bouncing issues and a lack of speed, though George Russell managed fourth.

Expanding on his comments, Wolff told Sky Sports F1: “We are not good enough for a world champion, not worthy for a world champion. We just need to fix the car.”

Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko suggests that Lewis Hamilton may be wishing he’d retired from the sport last season, given the Mercedes’ current struggles.

He added to reporters: “Lewis deserves better from us. But we are a team, so we all need to do the upmost in order to provide him with a machine that is able to fight for the front positions.

“The guy is the best driver in the world and he is just not having the machine and the equipment underneath him to be able to execute.”

Sky Sports

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