Lewis Hamilton

Hamilton: No favoritism at Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton reacted that the claims by Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko that he is the number one driver at new team Mercedes. Lewis Hamilton described that his only demand was for equal opportunity when joining from rivals McLaren.

Mercedes were involved in their own argument following Nico Rosberg was ordered by Team Principal Ross Brawn to hold position behind third-placed team-mate Hamilton.

After the Malaysian Grand Prix Red Bull advisor Helmut Marko told Sky Sports: “It’s not like at Mercedes where it’s a clear number one. We treat the drivers the same.”

“That is rubbish,” Hamilton told Daily mirror. “They [Red Bull] have a clear one and two, they always have. And that is why they have the problems they have always had.

“We don’t have a one and two here. I have always said, from the moment I was speaking to the team, that I wanted equality and that I didn’t want to be favoured.

“They didn’t even offer to favour me but I just wanted to make the point that I am not a driver that comes and requests that like a lot of other drivers do.

“You have to be able to look yourself in the mirror and say you won fair and square. Just like in Malaysia, I don’t feel like I won my spot fair and square. Although I did drive a decent race, I don’t feel spectacular about it.”


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