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Hamilton ‘not fully concentrated’ in 2018 – Ecclestone

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Lewis Hamilton is “not fully concentrated” in 2018. That is the view of former F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone, who is in Baku as a guest of the Azerbaijan government.

World champion Hamilton, who has an extreme new braided hairstyle in Baku, has struggled so far this year.

Ecclestone told the Swiss newspaper Blick: “You can clearly feel it. Lewis is not fully concentrated.

“With him, there could be a thousand reasons for that.”

Former F1 team boss Eddie Jordan thinks one reason could be the stalled negotiations between Hamilton and Mercedes over his 2019 contract.

“Both parties should get the contract signed because the longer the two prolong the situation, then the loser is going to be both of them,” he told The Sun.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff has responded to Bernie Ecclestone’s controversial claim about Hamilton.

Wolff laughed off such suggestions, as he said: “It’s Bernie! I just had a game of backgammon against him and I lost.

“He comes in and throws a hand-grenade and it’s in the papers – it’s great.

“How the news runs these days we are oscillating between exuberance and depression, and back again, and when things are not going in the right direction it’s doom days and when you win two races in a row it’s the ‘Mercedes dominance destroying the sport’.

“Maybe it’s somewhere in the middle.

“Lewis is remarkably easy with these kind of things.

“All of us very much respect Bernie, but we have also learnt to take the comments with a smile. It’s the same way he does it.”

He added: “We haven’t collectively performed on the level we would have wanted to.

“There were three races we could have won and we didn’t, that’s a fact.

“I still see the fire and desire very much burning in him [Hamilton].”

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