Lewis Hamilton changing tune with Mercedes engineers speaks volumes

Lewis Hamilton is looking at the situation differently now.

Lewis Hamilton’s shift in attitude toward Mercedes’ engineers reveals just how much the Silver Arrows’ current predicament and the struggling W14 have been eating away at him. The seven-time Formula One champion insisted at the beginning of the season that the team “own up” and acknowledge that their concept was flawed after they disregarded his advice regarding the car.

In March of last year, he said to the BBC’s Chequered Flag podcast, “I told them the issues that are with the car.” I mean, having driven a lot of cars throughout my life, I am aware of the necessities and non-necessities for cars. It really comes down to accountability, in my opinion, and taking responsibility for one’s actions. It’s about owning up to mistakes and admitting that something isn’t right and that work needs to be done.

“We’ve got to look into the balance through the corners, look at all the weak points and just huddle up as a team, that’s what we do. We’re still multi-World Champions you know, it’s just they haven’t got it right this time, they didn’t get it right last year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t get it right moving forward.”

After a span of eight months, Hamilton is no longer singing from the same hymn sheet. Hamilton, a British driver, thanked his team for their efforts over the weekend and stated that they could depart Sao Paulo with their “heads held high” following a disappointing showing at the Brazilian Grand Prix on Sunday, where he finished eighth.

“One thing the car is really unpredictable,” he said in an interview with Sky Sports F1. It feels good for one weekend, then bad for one session, and so on.

“I’m sure we will go and look at things and find things we should have done differently but with the one [practice] session it’s difficult.

“But I’m still proud of the team, they still came here and did their work, they hold their head up high and that’s what we have to continue to do. Just keep pushing forward. Two more races with this thing. Hopefully no more driving it.”

Mercedes is 20 points ahead of Ferrari in second place in the constructor standings with two races remaining in the season. Red Bull continues to dominate at the top of the racetrack, and the Silver Arrows haven’t won a single race with the W14 this season. When the engineers start creating Mercedes’ new vehicle for the 2024 season, Hamilton will be hoping that things will be different the following year.

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