Ralph Schumacher says Sir Lewis Hamilton was the only alternative to a Mercedes after Max Verstapen rejected his offer to run with the Silver Arrow in 2022 and beyond.
The claim comes as Hamilton agreed to a two-year deal with the seven-time champions in July. The UK has made it clear that it wants to live in a new era of Formula 1, which continues into 2022.
Mercedes principal Tutu Wolf praised Hamilton, saying it was unwise to hand over a new contract to the seven-time world champion after a resounding victory. However, Schmacker believes the incumbent champions decided to give the former McLaren driver a new deal only after Red Bull Racing was rejected by Verstappen.
“For me, [Hamilton’s] The basic premise of contract extension is to maximize [Verstappen] “Rejected Mercedes,” Schmacker said in an interview. As copied on the brand.
“I am convinced that Mercedes has high hopes for the signing of Verstappen in order to secure its future,” he added. “The idea was not possible, and in my opinion, Lewis [Hamilton] The only alternative was. “
Versatapen is probably the most exciting property on the F1 grid right now, but the Dutch driver has a contract with the Austrian team until 2023. He is also leading the 2021 World Championships from Hamilton. But his accident at the recently concluded British Grand Prix At eight points, his 32-point advantage saw less.
Despite the Red Bull’s deadly weekend in Silverstone, Schumacher believes he still has an advantage over Mercedes. The former Williams F1 driver is unsure if the Brackley-based team can turn around before the end of the season.
“I’m interested to know that Mercedes will be heading for the World Championships, because the Red Bulls still have a lot to offer, and maybe they haven’t shown it yet,” Schumacher said. “In fact, it will double between Hamilton and Verstapen.”
“I hope no one is injured. Every time they remind me more and more [Ayrton] Sina and [Alain] Prost and the way he drove on the track. “