Red Bull tells Lewis Hamilton he should have quit F1 before Mercedes disaster

Mercedes has no answers to Lewis Hamilton’s season from hell and Red Bull has added salt to the wound with a rogue piece of advice.

Lewis Hamilton has been told he should’ve quit last year after the Brit suffered the worst weekend of his F1 career.

Hamilton admitted he’s out of the world championship race already after his dismal 13th place finish at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix on Monday morning (AEST).

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To make things worse, the seven-time world champion was lapped by bitter rival Max Verstappen in Imola.

The Sun reports Hamilton’s poor performance has left him languishing 58 points behind leader Charles Leclerc in the drivers’ standings.

There were rumblings that Hamilton was set to retire after he was essentially robbed of his eighth world title in the controversial final race of the 2021 season in Abu Dhabi.

A huge call by former F1 race director Michael Masi saw Verstappen clinch his first world title and Red Bull’s advisor Helmut Marko quipped Hamilton made the wrong decision to continue racing following his Italian nightmare on the weekend.

Marko joked to Sky Sports: “I mean, he was lapped by us, so maybe he should have stopped last year.”

But Marko’s Red Bull colleague Christian Horner was more sympathetic to his Mercedes rival.

He said: “He’s obviously had a horrible weekend, but he’s still a seven-time world champion.

“He hasn’t forgotten how to drive in the last four races, so at some point, they’ll sort their issues out and he’ll become a factor, I’ve got no doubt. But obviously the young guys are doing a great job at the moment.”

Verstappen was indifferent to Hamilton and Mercedes’ issues.

The Dutch ace said: “Mercedes has been slow all year, so for me it’s not anything exciting, it just happens.”

Hamilton’s schedule could be filled with football responsibilities if he does step away from F1 after this season. The Brit will invest tens of millions into Sir Martin Broughton’s $4.4 billion bid to buy English Premier League giants Chelsea.

Hamilton spoke of his excitement about potentially taking over at the Blues and unveiled a number of plans he has to push the club forward.

This story first appeared on The Sun and was reproduced with permission

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