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Miami could be turning point for Hamilton’s season

Mercedes’ drivers George Russell (left) and Lewis Hamilton smile as they pose for a picture during the first day of Formula One pre-season testing at the Bahrain International Circuit in the city of Sakhir. Picture: Mazen Mahdi, AFP

Major upgrades are expected from the team at the Miami Grand Prix next weekend, ones that could possibly help alleviate their current technical deficiencies.

SIR LEWIS Hamilton is having a tough time of it right now, but at least things are looking up for the seven-time world champion on the home front.

The great Brit this week won a dispute with his neighbours at his R360-million London mansion in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, after the council granted him permission to chop down a “beautiful” sugarplum tree outside his home, as reported by the BBC.

Apparently, Hamilton’s tree surgeon insists that the offending fern is “mostly dead and dying”.

I know, slow news day, right?

At my much more modest domicile, there is a rather destructive Morus alba – a silkworm mulberry – whose taxonomy I just learnt this week, that grows just on the border of my property and that of the city’s.

Come even the hint of spring and it explodes into a thousand berries that hang precariously on the vine, before falling to the ground in a storm of purple.

It soils everything and, combined with the migrating birds that frequent the tree during those months, you can understand how messy it can all get. At least I can be content that the tree is already in its prime and that, if I am lucky, I will outlive it.

Hamilton also trimmed back a horse chestnut tree – Aesculus hippocastanum, FYI – to combat pigeon droppings, so there is at least one thing he and I have in common.

Like Hamilton right now, it’s the small victories that you have to enjoy, and defeating the intrusive nature of, well, nature can be quite satisfying.

Elsewhere, however, things aren’t going as swimmingly for Hamilton.

Mercedes are currently battling to find the best out of their newly designed W13 car, and the 37-year-old has been the unhappy recipient of the team’s current woes.

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There have been four races so far this season, and Hamilton has managed to finish in P3, P10, P4 and P13.

His two highest finishes have been due to a healthy dose of luck, while he has also had to suffer the embarrassment of being shown up by new teammate George Russell, who has now finished ahead of him on three occasions.

This past weekend at Imola was particularly grim – not only did he finish at the back of the field and Russell way ahead in fourth, but fierce 2021 rival, defending champion and eventual winner of the Emilia Romagna GP, Max Verstappen, lapped him.

After the race, Hamilton posted a cryptic message on Instagram: “Working on my masterpiece, I’ll be the one to decide when it is finished,” leaving some to speculate that he will be announcing his retirement soon.

I’d like to see it as a warning that he believes that Mercedes can still make a fist of this season, and charge forward into race-winning contention once more.

Major upgrades are expected from the team at the Miami Grand Prix next weekend, ones that could possibly help alleviate their current technical deficiencies.

I hope they do help … Hamilton needs every little win he can get right now.

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