Team energy will power Mercedes to more titles, says Hamilton
- Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes Formula One team mates they are all ‘legends’ after completing a fifth successive constructor and driver title double in Brazil on Sunday and pledged to help make them the sport’s most successful team ever.
Lewis Hamilton has told his Mercedes Formula One team mates they are all ‘legends’ after completing a fifth successive constructor and driver title double in Brazil on Sunday and pledged to help make them the sport’s most successful team ever.
Hamilton, who took his fifth title in Mexico last month, will address staff at Brackley and Brixworth on Wednesday in what will be a thank you, communal celebration and rallying cry rolled into one.
“I have to try and find the right words,” the 33-year-old said on Sunday, a bashful comment for a man whose achievements — 10 wins and 10 poles so far this season — speak for themselves.
The Briton will have no trouble in expressing himself, having already done so in an emotionally-charged garage debrief at Interlagos.
“It’s an incredible honour to work with all of you,” he told assembled mechanics, engineers and bosses after winning the penultimate race of the season. “Seeing you guys after the race, seeing that energy that you guys all had, that happiness can fill a lifetime.
“I really want you to just remember that moment and hold on to it because that’s what’s going to power us to many more championships. Never let that energy drop… I tell you, that propels me.
“This past six years has been epic and iconic. We are now legends. Just remember that. When you go home, when you look in the mirror, when you wake up, say ‘I’m a legend’. You’ve got to say that to yourself: ‘I’m a legend’.
Sunday was Hamilton’s 72nd career win, leaving him 19 short of Michael Schumacher’s all-time record. The Briton has averaged 10 a season for the last four years and won 50 of 99 races in the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014.
“You’ve got to say that Lewis this year has just made the difference for us,” technical director James Allison told Sky Sports television.
“He keeps putting it on pole, whenever its wet he’s always at the front. In the races we can make mistakes and he’ll recover it by doing something unlikely on the track that no-one sees coming.
“And he spends a whole year not making mistakes. He’s just the consummate racing driver.”
Only Ferrari had previously racked up five successive championship doubles and their milestone of six constructors’ titles in a row between 1999 and 2004 remains the sport’s outright record.
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