Lewis Hamilton has said he hopes McLaren and Williams can stop their recent slumps and return to title winning form before he retires from Formula 1
Hamilton left McLaren at the end of 2012 and the team have not won a race since that year, their last win being the season finale at Brazil in the hands of Jenson Button. Coincidentally, that was also Button’s last win. Williams also last won a race in 2012, Pastor Maldonado defeating Fernando Alonso in a thrilling contest at the Spanish Grand Prix. This year, McLaren are massively hampered by Honda’s issues and have only got a car to the end of a Grand Prix once this year. Williams are currently ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three teams this year, dicing it again with Force India, but have not taken a podium since last years Canadian Grand Prix. Hamilton relishes a multi-team fight for the title and hopes his old team and Williams can join the fight at the front.
“What’s sad for me watching Formula 1 is you see the depth of teams, Williams, McLaren, and they’re not back there. Williams hasn’t been right in the fight for years – they had that real slump, and now McLaren’s having it. There’s a passion with Ferrari, there’s a passion with Mercedes, passion with McLaren – because of the drivers, experiences and championships they’ve had while I’ve been watching Formula 1.”
“I hope in my time left in Formula 1 there is a period of time where Williams is up there with us and McLaren is up there with us and there’s a real strong front line of the top teams – which I think is magical. I hope that comes back into the mix at some stage.”
Hamilton hopes that both teams can return to the front before he retires from the sport, whenever that may be. There is a long standing wish from fans everywhere that both teams return to the top. Williams last contested for the title in 2003 with Juan-Pablo Montoya, and last won a title back in 1997 when Jaques Villeneuve won the drivers and the team itself won the constructors title. McLaren may have been able to challenge for victories up to 2012, but no drivers title since Hamilton’s triumph in 2008 and their last constructors title was in 1998 when Mika Hakkinen took the drivers crown. Whatever happens, Hamilton isn’t alone in wishing these two teams return to the top. It would be great to see them up their again, harking back to the days of their rivalry in the 1990’s.