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F1 legend tells Mercedes to 'get angry' over performance

F1 legend tells Mercedes to 'get angry' over performance

F1 legend tells Mercedes to 'get angry' over performance

F1 legend tells Mercedes to 'get angry' over performance

Formula 1 legend Mika Hakkinen has told Mercedes to 'get angry' over being dominated by Red Bull for the last two seasons if they're to pull back the gap.

The Silver Arrows were rocked by Lewis Hamilton's announcement that he'll be leaving the team at the end of the upcoming season for Ferrari, after a partnership of over a decade.

The switch comes during what has proven to be a turbulent time for a team that had become accustomed to winning.

Max Verstappen and Red Bull currently hold a vice-like grip on the sport, with the team winning all but one race last season as the Dutchman secured his third successive world title.

READ MORE: What the 2025 F1 grid looks like after MASSIVE Hamilton move

Max Verstappen was dominant for Red Bull during the 2023 season
Mercedes will be without Lewis Hamilton for the 2025 season

And now Hakkinen – who won the 1998 and 1999 drivers' championships with McLaren – believes Mercedes find themselves at an uneasy point in time.

Hakkinen: Mercedes have to be angry

“Mercedes is at a crossroads," he told German outlet BILD.

"There has not been a question mark over the team for a long time. After a decade full of success, the past two seasons have left their mark on those responsible and employees. And that's good!

"You have to be angry now. Now you have to develop this unconditional will to win again.

"The team has to become a team again, develop this blind understanding. That is currently missing.”

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