Hamilton: Merc split suggestion ‘a bunch of nonsense’

Michelle Foster
Lewis Hamilton doing an interview, hand to neck. Imola April 2022

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton doing an interview, hand to neck, not looking happy. Imola April 2022

Lewis Hamilton has called rumours that he wants to leave Mercedes “silly and a bunch of nonsense”, adamant he is “100 percent committed” to the Brackley squad.

After eight successive years fighting for the World title with Mercedes, and nine in which he has won grands prix, Hamilton is in a fight just to score a point at this weekend’s Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

The seven-time World Champion will line up 14th on the grid as his W13 didn’t have the pace to recover from a poor qualifying session on Friday night.

And based on Saturday’s showing in the sprint qualifying, entry level points may be the best Hamilton can hope for come Sunday’s grand prix.

His frustrations with Mercedes seemed to boil over on Friday as he was filmed in a tense exchange with team boss Toto Wolff, one that the Austrian says was just the two venting to one another.

It has raised questions about whether Hamilton will continue with Mercedes past this season if their troubles continue. He says yes.

Called suggestions that he wants to quit “silly and a bunch of nonsense” from “individuals that I respected when I was younger (with) the aim of getting headlines to keep themselves relevant”, he told BBC: “I am 100 percent committed to this team.

“There is nowhere else I want to be, just because we have hit a rough patch, it is not in my DNA to back out. We can fix this. It is going to be a painful year that we are going to have to ride out together.

“We just have to work hard to make sure we are not in this position next year.”

As for his frustrations over Mercedes’ lack of pace, the W13 not only suffering with severe porpoising but also struggling to get heat into its tyres costing the team in qualifying, Hamilton admitted it is “difficult” but that he is not the only one feeling the pain.

“It’s difficult for sure, but I’m not the only one in the team,” he said as per GPFans.

“We’re all feeling the pain, we’re all riding this together and we win and we lose as a team, so we are doing the best we can with what we have but ultimately…

“Earlier on in the year, someone asked me, ‘What happens if you get it wrong?’ and I said ‘Well, we don’t do that. We don’t get things wrong, we are World Champions’.


“The fact is that, with all the possibilities out there, we may have but what we continue to do is get our heads down, continue working and if one person is down, we rely on our team-mates to lift each other up.

“We’re nowhere near where we want to be but we’ll just keep fighting, keep working as hard as we can and just hope that eventually, we see light at the end of the tunnel.”


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