F1: Lewis Hamilton Plans to Stay And Fight at Mercedes
Lewis Hamilton (AP Image)
Lewis Hamilton defined that he was not looking for a transfer to a different crew and was totally dedicated to staying with the previous dominant champions.
Lewis Hamilton stated on Thursday that he has no intention of leaving struggling Mercedes however admitted his alternative of phrases had created pointless issues for the crew within the aftermath of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
Speaking forward of Sunday’s Saudi Arabian Grand Prix, the seven-time champion defined that he was not looking for a transfer to a different crew and was totally dedicated to staying with the previous dominant champions.
“In hindsight, it most likely wasn’t your best option of phrases,” said Hamilton, referring to his complaint that the team had not listened to him when reviewing their performance and car last year, when they won only one race.
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“But no…There are, of course, times where you are not in agreement with certain team members, but what’s important is that we continue to communicate, we continue to pull together.
“I nonetheless have 100 per cent perception on this crew. It is my household and I’ve been right here a very long time, so I don’t plan on going anyplace else.
“But we all need a kick. We all need to get on. And the proof is in the pudding.
“We have seen where the performance is and how people are extracting the performance and we have got to now start making some bold decisions, some big moves, in order to close the gap to these guys.”
Red Bull cruised to a crushing one-two victory with world champion Max Verstappen and Sergio Perez in Bahrain the place 41-year-old two-time champion Fernando Alonso marked his debut for the Mercedes-powered buyer crew, Aston Martin, by ending a charging third.
“They [Red Bull] will run away with it almost definitely this 12 months except Ferrari stops them,” said Hamilton. “At some point during this year, we are hopeful we can close the gap — but by that point, it will probably be too late to fight for a championship.”
Hamilton completed a distant fifth in Bahrain and final 12 months accomplished the primary season of his profession with out profitable a race.
His disappointment and post-race feedback led to claims that he was set to hunt a transfer elsewhere in pursuit of a report eighth title.
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