Ex-F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone believes that Lewis Hamilton has been too error-prone in 2021, questioning his fighting spirit.

Hamilton will head into his home event, the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, on a five-race winless streak which leaves him 32 points adrift of Red Bull rival Max Verstappen in the battle for the Drivers’ Championship.

And a feature of this season for Hamilton has been uncharacteristic errors, such as his costly slide into the gravel at Imola, as well as his off in Baku as he challenged Sergio Perez for the lead of the Azerbaijan GP.

Ecclestone said he has had the discussion with a lot of people about Hamilton’s will to fight, and wonders if he signed the new two-year deal with Mercedes simply because his other projects away from Formula 1 were not going to make him as much money.

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