David Croft reveals the reason he believes Lewis Hamilton needs a break from the track

  • Jack Figg
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Sky Sports Formula One commentator David Croft revealed he believes not ‘all is completely 100 percent’ with Lewis Hamilton, despite the Brit leading the championship.

Hamilton currently leads the way in the F1 standings, 24 points ahead of German Ferrari racer Sebastian Vettel, as the two have battled it out throughout the season so far.

Five wins for Hamilton in Hungary, Germany, France, Spain, and Azerbaijan sees the Mercedes driver lead the way, but not all has gone the 33-year-old’s way this season.

From technical difficulties in the pitstop to strategy errors, Hamilton has been under the cosh this year, which has led Croft to question the mindset of the four-time world champion.

“I don't think all is completely 100 percent with Lewis,” Croft said in a Sky Sports column, as he broke down every driver's half-term report.

“But, he's leading the championship and some of his performances have been incredible.

"His win from 14th in Germany proved that he never gives up, while there's nobody better than him at leading from the front.

"Then there are the amazing qualifying laps, like Silverstone - just a sensational lap and it was an utter delight to watch a driver do that.

"After qualifying he was visibly shaking, after the race he didn't want to talk to anybody because he'd given so much."

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Despite the problems Hamilton has faced on the track, this did not stop the Englishman from signing a new bumper deal with Mercedes that will see him take home £40million-a-year, making the driver the best paid racer in the F1 history.

It is believed in the contract Hamilton will be allowed additional time away from media obligations to allow himself time to do more things he enjoys personally, and Croft agreed the Mercedes racer may benefit from some time away from the track.

“I do wonder if the toll and constant pressure of fighting for world championships is occasionally taking it out of Lewis a little bit,” Croft said.

“There have been times where I've thought, 'that's not the Lewis we've seen and heard in the past'.

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“He strikes me as a man who needs a couple of weeks away from the racetrack to recharge his batteries and come back stronger, which he often does in the second half of the season.

“But he deservedly leads the championship and, with the biggest title advantage going into a summer break in five years, he'll take some catching. We can't imagine the pressure he's under.”

Hamilton and Mercedes now turn their attention to the Belgian GP taking place in Spa-Francorchamps, from August 24-26.

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