Hamilton and his ‘Mercedes F1 family’: ‘We have no limits’

After Fernando Alonso, Lewis Hamilton is the second oldest driver on the F1 grid. However, the drivers feel they continue to be in excellent shape, as evidenced by the results later this season, with more George Russell in the background. Through FOM, Mercedes drivers have confirmed that they are the best in physical form as well as mentally. “I’ve never felt better physically because I get older and healthier. “I generally like to drive and work according to plans. I can’t tell you what that is yet, but there are no limits to what we can do. If Lewis Hamilton thinks so well of himself, it’s also thanks to his ‘off-road’ project with Mercedes, especially ‘Mission 44′ to promote inclusion and diversity in the sport. I can be part of this team and Mercedes’ support has been amazing from day one. Together, we don’t just win. We are one of many people around the world working to change the world for the better. We can be Mercedes, a huge brand that can make a huge impact on the world Another factor that makes Lewis Hamilton very happy at Mercedes is his boss! « Toto [Wolff, directeur de l’équipe Mercedes] One of my best friends. We’ve been through tough times, tough negotiations, emotional outbursts, and emotional rollercoasters we’ve had together for years, but we’re like family. I want the best for him. He wants the best for me. “We can always answer the phone and talk about anything we want. Our values ​​are the same and our goals are the same. We support this team to grow and achieve their goals for the brand. “Lewis Hamilton also imposes a set of rules that must be followed during the many weekends of the Grand Prix.” So I try to use all of my time, and especially at the Grand Prix, the quietest time of the day is at the end of the day. Because there is no one around me. Because you can review the data and stay in touch with the plant’s simulation team, you can interact in real time with the riders on the track while they run. “I eat on the track and I’m exhausted at the end. I start to relax at the end and have little time to get back to the hotel, go to bed and wake up. That’s what I like. “I don’t want to finish here early and go out to dinner.” I don’t want to waste time eating dinner and chatting. I came here for one reason. It’s to win the race. for me this is [le dîner, les autres événements durant un week-end de Grand Prix] It gets in the way, so I don’t do it often. Would George Russell have Lewis Hamilton as a mentor and model? But Lewis Hamilton could have scratched his hair (much younger than him) in the case of George Russell, who replaced Valtteri Bottas this year. George Russell’s arrival could perhaps be seen as a power transfer under tension. However, this is not the case and Lewis Hamilton is currently working very well with his teammates and compatriots. Lewis Hamilton describes his mentoring with himself. “As for George’s arrival… he was one of the youngest pilots. [jeunes pilotes Mercedes] – He knows the process because he previously sat back during briefings and engineering. “He arrives, adapts and knows what to expect. And he welcomed me on my part and tried to include it. We try to tell a lot about cars, what can we test, and what can we test to get us where we want to go? “I try to work with Valtteri just like I did with Valtteri. When adding new people, it takes time for everyone to get used to the rhythm, but he does an amazing job. We found a decent rhythm between us pretty early, and we’re continuing to work on every weak spot to keep this rhythm going. . Engineer Lewis Hamilton However, Lewis Hamilton can’t regularly fight for victory even at the top of form, so the Mercedes W13 is disappointing and Max Verstappen’s Red Bull is too solid. Much work remains to be done and the British know it. “The incline we have to cross is huge. “For us, it is important to imagine that it is the biggest, steepest and most difficult mountain, because if you think it will be a normal hill, you cannot achieve the goal. You have to think that this is the most difficult climb you can imagine. That means you have to dig deep. “Also, behind the scenes, Lewis Hamilton is doing a ton of work to get the development going as far as possible. He talks about this work in the shadows (he’s especially at the beginning of the year to unravel the mystery of Mercedes). “We’ve already done a lot of work so far to understand where we are and where we’ve gone wrong in previous decisions we made last year and this year. It’s not easy to find your way, but try to communicate with everyone so that there is no misunderstanding about how you feel inside the car. And what I want from the car, and allow us to create a conversation on an ongoing basis. “Today I sit with Shov [le chef de piste Andrew Shovlin]theory [Meadows, directeur sportif] and mic [Elliott, directeur technique] – By simply asking the question – ‘This is what worries me, this is what keeps me awake, what can we do about it? How can we help you do better and do better? There’s not much we can do because we have to trust the process, but let people know you’re there. We will not do it ourselves, we will do it together. »
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