The recent Miami Grand Prix was yet another disappointing weekend for Sir Lewis Hamilton, with the British driver finishing behind George Russell for the fourth time this season.
The seven-time world champion continues to struggle getting to grips with his Mercedes W13, Hamilton who started the race sixth, failed to make any progress during the Grand Prix at the Miami International Autodrome.
His new team-mate, however, finished the race fifth despite having started the race from twelfth following a disappointing qualifying.
It means that the former Williams driver has beaten the 37-year-old at all but one race so far this season.
Specifically, in 2022, Hamilton has only managed to finish ahead of Russell at the season-opening Bahrain Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s podium finish at the Bahrain International Circuit is also his only podium so far this season.
Following the Miami Grand Prix, Dutch driver Tim Coronel was quick to slam Hamilton for being “too preoccupied” with non-racing matters, whilst comparing Russell to Michael Schumacher.
“Russell takes chances because he feels pretty good. He creates that. We used to see that with [Michael] Schumacher, who really thought along with the team.
“Now Hamilton puts the ball to the team, but as a driver you also have to think. Hamilton is too preoccupied with his piercings, gems and other nonsense than with real racing.”
To make matters worse for the Mercedes driver, he was involved in a heated discussion with his team during the race.
“Mercedes and Hamilton are not on a good vibe,” continued Coronel.
“As a driver, in a warm environment you express yourself well and then you can be creative and keep going.
“Hamilton and Mercedes are definitely not in that at the moment. I see Hamilton making a lot of excuses.”
Hamilton’s current frustrations were heard during the Grand Prix, after being asked by his team whether he wanted to pit for a second-time.
The British driver snapped over the radio stating that it “was there job” to make the decisions.
Coronel believes that Hamilton will continue “looking for excuses”, whilst his team-mate continues to beat him.
“He keeps getting punched in the nose from his team-mate Russell.
“Then you go to the wrong momentum and you see that happening with Hamilton now. He’s looking for excuses.”