Lewis Hamilton says an exchange of mechanics between his and Nico Rosberg’s garages at Mercedes is not related to his technical problems in the last two races.
The Mercedes driver said some team members have moved between the two camps since last season but does not believe it is connected to his recent power unit problems.
“My side of the garage, the mechanics are definitely having a hard time,” Hamilton told Sky after the Russian Grand Prix. “I have absolutely every bit of confidence and faith in them.”
“It’s an unusual situation for them, the majority of them were on Nico’s car last year. Nico’s guys were with me for the last three years since I joined the team and all of a sudden they’re swapped for no apparent reason.”
“That is not the reason that we’re having these issues, it’s somewhere else. I don’t know where all these little issues are coming from but for sure the team, the guys in the background, they need to work hard to try and rectify these. We’re doing 800 kilometres in testing, the car was almost seen as bulletproof and all of a sudden we have all these problems.”
Hamilton rejected any suggestion of ‘conspiracy thoeries’ at his team. “I don’t believe that that’s happened,” he said, “it’s not happened in the last three years and I don’t have any reason to believe that would happen now.”
Mercedes sent new parts from their factory to Sochi overnight in order to give Hamilton a working power unit for the race.
“I’d like to thanks the guys who flew over last night from the factory,” said Hamilton. “My mechanics worked so hard from like 2am in the morning to get my car ready. Without them I obviously wouldn’t even have got to this point so I was grateful for that.”
2016 Russian Grand Prix
- Red Bull bosses gave me “no explanation” – Kvyat
- Another weak race shows Sochi is the new Valencia
- Magnussen beats grand slam Rosberg for Driver of the Weekend
- Kvyat axed by Red Bull, Verstappen takes his place for Spain
- 2016 Russian Grand Prix team radio transcript