FORMER Formula One team owner Eddie Jordan has claimed Lewis Hamilton is no longer the top dog at Mercedes.
The 37-year-old is a seven-time world champion, but has not enjoyed the 2022 season so far, sitting 75 points off the pace set by Max Verstappen.
Perhaps more worrying for Hamilton fans is that new teammate George Russell has consistently delivered strong points finishes, seeing him sit 34 points above his far more experienced teammate after seven races.
The season's form has lead to questions over Hamilton's dominance of the sport, and now pundit Jordan has claimed his loss of form has lead to a changing of the guard at the German constructor.
Talking to Channel 4, the 74-year-old was asked about Russell's step-up from Williams to Mercedes, and whether he had met expectations so far.
He said: "Absolutely, I think it's the big surprise for everyone in the world, in the context of those who thought that Lewis Hamilton is the best"
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"But (Hamilton) is no longer the boss, not even in that team (Mercedes) because Russell has taken his position.
"And I think it will be very interesting and I want to see how Lewis is going to overcome that."
The newly knighted Hamilton has been the centrepiece of Mercedes' F1 dominance since his first championship with the team in 2014.
In the years that followed that victory, he came out on top against his teammate every year other than 2016, where Nico Rosberg claimed his only drivers championship as Hamilton's teammate.
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Now though, 24-year-old Russell has taken the fight to Hamilton, controlling the car's numerous issues far better than the seven-time champion so far.
The former Williams driver has beaten his teammate in every race since the opener in Bahrain, taking his place on the podium twice.
The pair will currently be preparing for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, which takes place on the 12th of June.
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