Lewis Hamilton is furious with his Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula 1 team after the season opener in Bahrain, as the British driver apparently warned against a continuation of the ‘zero-pod’ concept, and indeed wanted many changes to the car but now says the team didn’t listen to me.
“Last year I was telling them what the problems were with the car,” Hamilton told the BBC. “I’ve driven so many cars in my life that I know what a car needs and what it doesn’t need.”
It is Hamilton’s view, it was now “up to our designers and aerodynamicists to take responsibility and admit I was right.”
“I enjoyed it. I like racing. I didn’t bounce. My brain is still intact, my teeth are still in my mouth and my back doesn’t hurt,”
“I’ve had a lot of these types of battles, especially in my time at McLaren. I don’t know when and how we will do this, but we have to change this. It has to happen.”
For Hamilton, it is quite clear that “we need to check the balance in the corners, find all the weak points,”
Told you so…
Team boss Toto Wolff has already announced that they will radically rebuild the W14 in an effort to placate his seven time F1 champion, but this isn’t enough for Hamilton who laid it all out to the BBC.
“Last year, I told my team all sorts of things. I told what all the problems were. I have driven so many race cars in my life. I know what a car needs and what a car doesn’t need.”
“It’s about responsibility,” he continued.
“It’s about admitting and saying ‘you know, we didn’t listen to you, the car is not where it should be’. We need to work on that. On the balance in the corners and all the other weaknesses,”
“We have to put our heads together as a team. That’s what we are doing. We are still multiple champions, but this time we just missed the mark. Last year too, but that doesn’t mean we can’t do well in the end,”