Double World Champion and former McLaren driver, Mika Haikkinen has told Lewis Hamilton to wave goodbye to his chances of winning the title in 2013.
The Brit ditched McLaren, who brought him up through the ranks and into F1, and joined Mercedes who supply McLaren with engines. The decision is already being questioned with Mercedes being hit twice by shocking reliability problems last week in Jerez.
Nico Rosberg’s first day in the car was ended after 14 laps as the rear of the car caught fire. The following day, Hamilton took the car out, only for it to crash into a barrier with rear brake failure with 15 laps completed.
And ironically, Hakkinen tipped Hamilton’s former team for the championship. “I have a strong feeling that McLaren are on top form this year. Mercedes were not exactly up to the speed I expected them to be, so I don’t see them competing too much this year.
“With the first test you never really get a 100% picture of exactly where the performance of the car is. It’s a bit too early. I believe at the next test in Barcelona it is going to be more interesting to see who is at the top of the list.”
Hakkinen won both his Championships with the British team while they have replaced Hamilton with Sergio Perez who will partner Jenson Button in 2013.